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• In Vitro measurement of Glycaemic Index and Resistant Starch • Solving maintenance problems

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• Boosted medium-chain glycerides for agp-free feeds optimisation • Store grain adequately or lose profit • Ipack Ima 2018

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64 - Technology and a younger generation – a boost to flour milling in Malaysia ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS



54 Measuring digestion - in Vitro measurement of Glycaemic Index and Resistant Starch 60 Flour fortification - Vitamin D 64 Technology and a younger generation



70 Boosted mediumchain glycerides for agp-free feeds optimisation 72 Turning fuel into food, rather than food into fuel 76 Processing raw materials: Why cracking is better than grinding

124 People news from the global milling industry






78 Grain analysis - a new user-friendly, accessible and agile digital era 80 Solving maintenance problems

98 Event listings, reviews and previews


84 Engineered products set the gold standard for silo cleaning

88 Store grain adequately or lose profit


46 Information about industry training courses


14 Mildred Cookson 31 Tom Blacker 32 Sven-Olof Malmqvist 38 Chris Jackson

4 GUEST EDITOR Robert Garbett

104 MARKETS Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson

122 INTERVIEW Mirko Filip

COVER IMAGE: Italian artist Federico Santini of Siena works ‘inside his own culture’ and his painting, carried out over four

days of IPACK-IMA-Ima in Milan on the stand of Ocrim/Paglierani, is called ‘Another Reality’ and represents the fields - and the components of milling in this edition - around the beautiful town of Certaldo. This work is 20 square meters (in eight panels) and was finally completed, in full view of visitors, on the last day of the show. It will hang in the company’s head office. Note: Full grown wheat frames the top of the painting. See more on page 110



Measuring digestion

Technology and a younger generation

In Vitro measurement of Glycaemic Index and Resistant Starch using a simulated enzymatic digestion analyser


Increasing focus on vitamin D in flour fortification — Appreciable vitamin D deficits worldwide

Technology continues to drive industry ahead at a rapid pace. And flour milling is no exception, despite many milling companies still operating equipment perfectly well after more than half-a-century of running some equipment 24 hours-aday, and up to seven daysa-week.


STORAGE Store grain adequately or lose profit

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Whilst at VIV Europe 2018, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Milling and Grain spoke to Ben Janssen Bouwmeester a supplier of new technology including the “MULTICRACKER”, originally designed by Makoba and produced in Germany.



The reductions and ultimately ban of (in-feed) antibiotics from animal feed does not come without its challenges


The world needs sustainable solutions to overcome the food challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, we do need to figure out how we can feed the growing world population when agriculture land per capita is decreasing and how we can produce more protein in a sustainable way without polluting our planet.


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“Forecasts for drones are wrong” In the 21st century drones are everywhere. The worldwide drone industry is developing at an astronomical rate, somewhere that we’re seeing this at an exponential level is of course, agriculture. Agricultural drones have been changing the face of farming and crop cultivation intensely over the past five years, changing the way the industry goes about their business at a fundamental level. Drones retain the ability to check for storm damage, monitor crop progress and ensure that crops and herds are healthy. Less than a month ago, leading accountancy firm PwC, forecast that the drone industry in the UK alone would be worth UK£42billion by 2030, but they were wrong. Two years ago, top banking firm Goldman Sachs said the world’s drone industry would be worth $100billion by 2020 - they were wrong. It will be much, much more, because the opportunities are far greater than this, since such projections are based purely on an analysis which focuses only on the air industry. We must define the entire drone industry as covering surface, underwater, air and space. So many members of the public simply do not realise the full spectrum of this amazing revolutionary industry. My company, and the British Standards Institution (BSI), define a drone as any vehicle, ship, aircraft, or hybrid system which is remotely or autonomously controlled. This includes autonomous vehicles, pilotless aircraft, satellites, space craft, underwater ROVs, marine surface vehicles and most excitingly of all, hybrid systems which are increasingly breaking down environmental barriers by operating seamlessly between

land, sea and air or simultaneously in all three. It is therefore clear, that the UAS or air drones, with which we’ve all become familiar, are only one category in a very, varied and exciting industry. So, we should always refer to drones in the wider sense, since to do otherwise will be ignoring the inevitable and ubiquitous future of this industry - the potential is huge! This year, 2018, the worldwide drone industry will be boosted further by new drone standards, due to be released globally for public consultation by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) later this year. I believe the development and adoption of these standards for the drone industry, in the months and years ahead, will lead to a new confidence in safety, security and compliance within this dynamic industry, which represents a global phenomenon and a significant opportunity for any country that embraces it. The new Standards will reinforce and deliver the underlying safety and quality principles upon which the drone industry can grow and thrive…energised and empowered to open up new avenues to innovation that we can only begin to imagine. For this reason, we need governments around the world to recognise the importance of the development of this vital business sector, which will have such a positive impact on the global economy, providing particular opportunities for those countries that embrace and enable the growth of this technology. But it is not just governments who have an important role to play in the future growth of this amazing phenomenon of ‘the rise of the drones’ - it is all of us. We who are in the drone industry and who have the knowledge and ability to guide and educate the world on the possibilities ahead. Robert Garbett, Founder and Chief Executive of British Company, Drone Major Group Ltd

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Siwertell unloader delivers competitive edge to agri-bulk terminal in Mexico


iwertell, part of Bruks Siwertell Group, has secured an order from Mexico’s Gramosa Agroalimentos SA for a high-capacity unloader to serve the company’s new agri-bulk terminal located in the Gulf of Mexico port, Veracruz. The unloader was chosen after out-performing all competitor systems during a four-month selection process.

The totally-enclosed, rail-mounted, Siwertell ST 640-M unloader offers a rated capacity of 1,200t/h and will handle grain, corn, soya bean meal and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). In a statement from Gramosa Agroalimentos, the company said that, “The Siwertell system was selected after considering many factors and multiple equipment comparisons. Analysis included operating principles and mechanisms, investment costs, as well as operating costs. “An important factor was cargo loss and damage. We will handle a number of different grains at the new terminal such as corn, rice, wheat, soya beans and canola seeds. The low conveying speed of the Siwertell screw-type unloader means that the grain is not damaged during handling, which will give us added value and differentiate us from our competition. “Although the selection analysis took four months, it was actually an extremely quick process,” says Patrik Henryson, Siwertell Sales Manager. “Our first meeting with the customer, via a local contact, was in November and the unloader was ordered by February this year. I think this speaks volumes about the performance of our equipment and the service that we offer as company.” The new unloader will be delivered fully-assembled from China and will then be tested and commissioned on site in Veracruz by Siwertell. It is expected to be operational in mid-2019. 6 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

The weather in England continues to misbehave. After one of the coldest winters in 50 years, spring was late and wet. That segued into a heatwave of which we are now face a third sweltering week. We at Perendale Publishers had hoped to escape the heat as we journeyed to the Netherlands to attend VIV Europe 2018. VIV was an impressive show with multiple halls exhibiting the latest technology used in chicken raising and processing, egg production, and in other halls the makers of feed stuffs showed off their latest products. The Perendale booth was in hall 7, which featured the usual heavy hitters such as Buhler, Andritz, Kahl, Ottevanger, and Famsun. But Dutch companies were also well represented with home team manufacturers such a VAV, TSC-Silos, Muller Beltex and commodities company Aminola. It was also great to see many Turkish manufacturers exhibiting, such as Altuntas Group. Over the four days of the show we met many large and small flour milling machinery manufacturers, food and feed companies, and other suppliers, many of whom are listed in our International Milling Directory. Sad to say that, while we found Utrecht and the Netherlands very lovely, the weather managed to be both hot, muggy and overcast—all at the same time. The weather finally turned sunny, but only as we were driving back to the ferry terminal at Dunkirk, France. While nearly the entire UK office staff was representing the company Utrecht, on the other side of the planet, Peter Parker from Perendale’s New Zealand office was attending the Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC), at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia. I am sure he enjoyed Australia’s characteristic sunny and warm weather. Be sure to read his report in this issue. As I write these words Perendale Publisher Roger Gilbert and Events and Circulation Manager Tuti Tan are jetting to Indonesia to attend INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo and Forum. Hosted by the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, this is a ‘must attend’ event for decision makers and buyers across Asia. More than 14,000 trade visitors and delegates, are expected to attend the Expo, Seminar and Technical Product Presentation in 2018. More importantly, over 500 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected to once again participate in INDO LIVESTOCK Expo & Forum. Expect to read about this exciting event in an upcoming issue of Milling and Grain magazine.



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Sukup forms partnership with OPIsystems


ukup Manufacturing Co. is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with OPIsystems, an industry leader in grain management and monitoring technology. Sukup now exclusively offers OPI’s Advanced Grain Management technology to its dealers, and recently introduced their platform at a dealer event in Sheffield. “Sukup is a company that is embracing the use of technology in agriculture, and in fact, we create some of our own control systems in house. However, we feel that grain bin sensors are highly specialised and an important investment for our customers, and that OPI creates the best grain monitoring system on the market,” explained Matt Koch, an electrical engineer at Sukup. “Our mission is to store and protect the world’s grain supply,” said

Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing. “We are pleased to have partnered with OPI systems, and we feel their technology will help provide peace of mind, increased storage optimisation and aid in loss prevention to Sukup customers.” OPI’s platform allows farm and commercial producers the ability to remotely monitor and manage real time conditions of stored commodities within their bins. “We are excited to announce our recent partnership with Sukup Manufacturing. This partnership supports Sukup’s continued advancement of value added and innovative solutions to the industry by promoting and offering OPI’s Advanced Grain Management technology through its extensive dealer network”, stated Marco Hunstad, Chief Revenue Officer at OPIsystems Inc. “Working with the Sukup team will continue to strengthen OPI’s position as the leader in the global market for advanced grain management and optimisation.”

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Education and an extended consultation to support Turkey’s milling sector


he technical and administrative needs of the milling sector, the risks experienced and the potential risks to the sector were discussed in detail during an extended consultation meeting of the Millers and Sector Manufacturers’ Association in Turkey last month. The Association of Millers and Sector Manufacturers/ DESMÜD met with Dr Hasan Ali ÇELİK, the country’s Deputy Minister of Science, Industry and Technology. Within the scope of corrective and preventive actions, improvements and proposed solution were determined and strategic policies planned to enable meaningful contact with relevant public institutions and organisations. It was a common opinion within the meeting that while both small and large companies are benefiting similarly from state incentives, that it was the small firms that were closing after a while resulting in the provided incentives being wasted. It was suggested that the industrialist of a particular size should benefit from theses incentives and be supported in a different manner the group conveyed to Hasan Ali ÇELİK. The Association’s membership also stated that 95 percent of the iron and steel produced in Ereğli is being exported in finished products and that they requested these sales should to be included in the scope of the ‘inward processing regime’ and that if necessary they would make annual purchasing commitments. Istanbul Esenyurt University’s Secretary General Asst 12 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

Assoc Dr Erdal Dursun attended the General Consultation Meeting to discuss the process of establishing Vocational High School and undergraduate programs and to assist in the establishment of permanent training centers in order to meet the needs of intermediary and managerial sector of the industry. It was stated that this type of training could be

in demand from companies outside Turkey as well. The legislative requirements of the Higher Education Council, the Ministry of National Education and relevant Ministries and parties were present around the table. By examining foreign examples, it was decided to establish a commission board within the Association in order to determine and execute short, medium and long-term targets.

The Turner centrifugal flour dressing machine

St. John’s Roller Flour Mills, Cork, Ireland Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK An article in The Miller in February 1903 was written in recognition of the setting up of the Irish Association of Millers. The Irish millers had a good reputation for proficiency and commercial enterprise in their craft as well as “their plucky efforts to compete not only with the large mills on their island, but also against the great imports of American flour, and a fine fight they did”. In the city of Cork, the well-known St. John’s Roller Flour Mills belonged to Messrs George Shaw and Sons. The milling engineers ER & F Turner had fitted out their mill with an excellent five sack plant. The installation was on the most modern lines and described as working very satisfactorily. The milling arrangements in Ireland were not the same as England. The visiting St John’s Roller Mill (Messrs George Shaw and Sons) reporter pointed out that the arrangement of spouts, machines and flow of material had required a great deal of business acumen in order to ensure the absolute perfection to be seen at the model plant of Messrs George Shaw and Sons. There was practically no sale for even secondary brands, and the problem presented to the engineers, who were so successful here, was not an easy one to solve. However, this did not deter Turners. The firm had 14 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

apparently entered into the work with “their customary energy and verve” and the result was highly commendable. Mr Pertwee from Turners had the work in hand and showed the visitors round the mill while Mr Brown, the managing partner, was left to running the mill, whose prosperity demonstrated that he was a fine first class practical miller. He was very willing to exchange views and give the benefit of his observations on flour mills and flour milling science. The mill itself had the customary array of elevator bottoms on the ground floor. The spouts connecting these with the roll hoppers were built in very symmetrical style, the room being around 14 or 15ft high. The loftiness, always a good starting point for milling engineers, cleared the way for building a plant on economical lines. In the whole mill there were only three short worms for by products, the rest falling into their appointed hoppers and elevators by gravity. There was plenty of walking space around the elevators and shafting on this bottom floor, another good point. Mounting the first flight of stairs, the visitors came to the roller floor, where they were faced with a fine array of Turner rolls but were surprised given the capacity claimed of five sacks an hour. The visitors were reassured that five sacks were indeed View of the purifiers

The Turner inter-elevator flour dressing reel The roller floor

the capacity. It became clear that more break roll surface than had ever been seen before either in England or elsewhere was installed in this mill. The number of inches allotted to the first break was a revelation. On closer inspection, this combined with the particular surface area was found to provide a result that was much superior to the generally accepted practice. After the close examination, the visitors were convinced of the value of the innovation and had no doubt that it would ultimately stand as an additional principle in flour milling technique. The same thinking was seen on the reduction side of the mill, the roller surface being most lavish. The stock had evidently been studied both physically and scientifically; the space allotted coinciding so correctly with product’s nature and yield. It was abundantly evident throughout the mill’s arrangement that a maximum of patent flour had been aimed at, with the view that

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Milling and Grain supports the aims and objectives of the Mills Archive Trust, based in Reading, England. The history of milling no matter where it has taken place - is being archived by the Trust. For well over 100 years milling technology has been global with many magazines serving or having served our industry from flour and food to feed and oilseed processing and now to fish feeds. A most recent contribution to the Trust’s collection is a complete century of past edition of the now out-of-print ‘NorthWestern Miller’ from the United States. We are proud to present here, front cover illustrations from this valued and longserving publication as a visual reminder of the importance contribution past magazines provided to our industry.


Art in the Archive We are a charity that saves the world’s milling images and documents and makes them freely available for reference. We have more than two million records. We aim to cover the entire history of milling, from its ancient origins up to the present day. Find out what we have and how you can help us grow. The Mills Archive Trust Registered Charity No 1155828

last break stock was treated only the highest qualities were on centrifugals. On the top saleable; anything under a floor of the mill was the usual good patent was not accepted. complement of dressing This high yield of high-class machinery. flour was only possible through For better examination of Turners personally having made the flour from each machine a detailed local study of what the triple flour worm was not was required to construct the bolted to the roof, but was a mill equipment. The St John table worm running alongside Mills had been thoroughly the wall, about 40 inches above thought through before the floor. Any flour could be installation using Turner’s diverted to any worm and it was study of the wants and the possible to make almost any surroundings. grade that was demanded by the There were seven purifiers of trade. the Turner’s ‘Dustless’ type. Throughout the whole mill The middlings were treated simplicity and efficiency went upon the first five, and, because Mr Brown, the Managing Partner hand in hand and the mill was of the elaborate division of noted as a great credit to all stock upon the first break rolls, concerned. Messrs George the sizes of middlings produced Shaw and Sons were the oldest millers in Cork and extended back were so uniform that very little secondary purification was to the third or fourth generation. They had advanced with the needed. The reporter stated that it was becoming more widely times and were always classed as being right at the forefront of known and recognised that elaborate primary purification was ‘the thing’ and that middlings, once or twice rolled, never purified scientific milling practice. so easily. All could be obviated if millers went all the way, paying attention to primary preparation. It was found that Turner’s inter-elevators did a first-class job as scalpers; the stock from each break was treated with just the right amount of friction and movement necessary to free the feed to the succeeding roll from all sign of dusty material. The +44 (0)1404 890300

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Family business invests UK£2 million into refurbishing current site


he Peter Marsh Group, established in 1837, is one of the oldest family run businesses remaining in Liverpool and is one of the leading manufacturers of paper sacks and corrugated boxes in the UK. The company has been based at the same site on Canal Street, Bootle, since 1861 and on June 4, 2018, commenced a multimillion-pound refurbishment. This will be the largest investment the company has undertaken in its 180 year long history and will help secure the future of the business for generations to come. The Group have over 70 employees mainly residing in the Merseyside area, with many being third and fourth generation, and some even having worked for the company for over 40 years. Peter Marsh, CEO and the sixth generation of the Marsh family to work for the business said that, “Our workforce is our most

important asset – they are key to our longstanding success in the packaging industry and with this investment, we will secure the future of the business and its workforce which will allow us to continue our growth.” Whilst investing in the future, the business will benefit from the understanding and cooperation of its long-standing and loyal customers and will continue to deliver a high-quality service - it will be business as usual. Once the project is completed The Group will benefit from major efficiencies which will assist them in handling the ever-increasing demands within the sector. With the worldwide movement to eliminate single use plastic products Peter Marsh Group has seen a dramatic rise in demand for environmentally friendly alternatives, such as paper and corrugated products, that are 100 percent recyclable.


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Laucke General Manager Peter Cobb, Satake Australia President Kenji Yamashita, Laucke Chief Executive Officer Chris Riches, and Satake Australia Director Craig Doorey. The two companies reached an agreement in principle to significantly upgrade Laucke Flour Mill in Bridgewater, Victoria of Australia with Henry Simon Roller Mills, Plansifters and other ancillary equipment.

Satake exhibits at various trade shows in Australia


n 2018, Satake Australia, a subsidiary of Satake Corporation in Japan, visioned to further strengthen their market place in flour milling, feed milling and seed industry. Satake Australia’s core business strategy is to provide a turn-key project for its customers. After the successful acquisition of Denny’s Engineering in Allora, Qld, and strategic partnership between Satake Corporation and Alapala – giving rebirth to Henry Simon, Satake Australia can provide expert end to end solutions to these industries including storage, processing, conveying and packaging. To strengthen the marketplace, Satake Australia has intensively marketed in various trade shows this year. In March 2018, Satake Australia exhibited at Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition (MICE) which was attended by more than 10,000 people from around the industry. Satake demonstrated FMS2000-F optical sorter, which was very well received by the industry. Satake is aiming to double the number of Satake machines in its territory in next 18 months. At PIX/AMC 2018 organised by GCCEC in Gold Coast in June, the world-renowned milling brand, Henry Simon was launched successfully.

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Henry Simon exhibited their 2018 GRAPAS Innovation Award winner Roller Mill at this event. The incorporation of advanced sensors and controls in this roller mill has received high commendation from Australian milling industry. Also, during PIX/AMC 2018, Satake Australia and Laucke Flour Mills reached an agreement in principle to significantly upgrade Laucke Flour Mill in Bridgewater, VIC with Henry Simon Roller Mills, Plansifters and other ancillary equipment. Mr. Chris J. Riches (CEO of Laucke Flour Mills) and Mr. Peter Cobb (General Manager of Laucke Flour Mills) visited Henry Simon stand to make this announcement. Satake Australia also exhibited its new RGBR optical sorter which is equipped with Full Colour RGB, Shape Sorting and Infrared (for foreign matter) sorting. The RGBR series are designed to perform complex product separations at high speed. The demonstration of Henry Simon roller mill and Satake’s new RGBR optical sorter gained good attention. While PIX/AMC was being held at Gold Coast, Satake Australia, in collaboration with Satake Europe, exhibited at International Seed Federation 2018 in Brisbane. This was attended by more than 1200 delegates from around the world.

Satake’s FMS2000-F optical sorter was displayed on the stand which attracted many seed customers especially from New Zealand and Australia. Satake’s group company, Denny’s Engineering also exhibited at CRT Farm Fest Queensland 2018, held at Kingsthorpe in June. This attracted more than 60,000 people from the area. Denny’s Engineering exhibited one of their most popular silos, the 230-tonne sealable silo with aeration and recyclable fumigation. The faceto-face communication between the team members and customers that an event such as Farm Fest allows is an important component of Denny’s reputation, reassuring customers that they will be working with a dedicated team who will follow their project through to completion. The significant number of enquiries their staff experienced were predominately in relation to grain handling and feedlot sections. A portion of these enquiries must be attributed to their ability to, along with grain handling equipment, provide R&R Roller Mills- an element favoured by many Australian feed lot customers who prefer to deal with only one company. The significant number of enquiries received over the course of these trade shows will now be followed up by Satake and Denny’s staffs to create successful outcomes in the form of definitive orders for their products and services.

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HQ Equita acquires FAWEMA and HDG to establish “The Packaging Group”

Q Equita has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the Steindl Group, which consists of the leading packaging machine manufacturers FAWEMA GmbH (“FAWEMA”) and HDG Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH (“HDG”). These companies together will now operate as The Packaging Group. The Steindl Group’s previous Managing Partner, Peter Steindl, who acquired FAWEMA in 2006 and HDG in 2011, will continue to hold a significant stake in the newly founded TPG Holding GmbH and will play a central role in its operations. Friedbert Klefenz, former CEO of Bosch Packaging, will complete TPG’s Advisory Board as a competent industry expert. Mr Klefenz invests in TPG Holding along with the company’s further management. In addition, Markus Hüllmann, former board member of GEA Group AG, will enhance the Advisory Board. FAWEMA, founded in 1920 and based in Engelskirchen, and HDG, founded in 1984 and based in Lindlar, already hold leading competitive positions in their respective markets. They specialise in the development and manufacturing of packaging machines for filling dry, free-flowing bulk materials into various types of paper or plastic laminate bags. The machines offer packaging solutions for flour, sugar, baking mixtures, confectionery, animal feed and various chemical products. The product portfolio includes servo- and cam-controlled horizontal form, fill and seal machines with rotary system (HDG), as well as servo-controlled high-performance packaging machines with chamber transport, and vertical, intermittent and continuous form, fill and seal machines (FAWEMA). The product range is completed by appropriate dosing and levelling systems. The service and spare parts business also accounts for around a quarter of TPG’s sales. With Mr Steindl’s operational expertise, Mr Klefenz’s strategic competence and industry network, as well as HQ Equita’s financial strength, TPG’s sales and service networks will be strengthened internationally, the aftermarket business will be accelerated and new machine solutions for

Promotions and appointments at DMN UK


espite the uncertainty regarding Brexit, the UK office of DMN-Westinghouse is as busy now as it ever has been - and not just in the UK but also at the Indian office, which is a satellite to the UK Office. In order to maintain the momentum, staff have been promoted and new staff appointed in areas that needed bolstering. From his previous position as Sales Engineer, Colin Dunsford has been appointed the UK After-Sales Manager. The number of customers wanting Service and Maintenance contracts has grown significantly over the past few years and, in this new position, Colin will be responsible for developing this 22 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

additional applications will be developed, thus diversifying the product portfolio. The strategy will be enhanced by targeted acquisitions to expand technical expertise, end applications and geographical reach. Peter Steindl, former Managing Partner of the Steindl Group and designated Chief Executive Officer of TPG, underlines the industrial logic of the transaction: “With HQ Equita and Friedbert Klefenz as well as Markus Hüllmann we have found the ideal partners for FAWEMA and HDG to take the next big step, with both companies now operating as The Packaging Group to create a global platform.” Friedbert Klefenz, designated Chairman of the Advisory Board of TPG, adds, “I look forward to using my experience and my network to continue the success stories of FAWEMA and HDG as The Packaging Group. The attractive and rapidly growing packaging machinery market is characterised by consolidation tendencies. I see great potential in the M&A area in particular.” Hans J. Moock, Managing Director of HQ Equita, emphasises that the transaction documents HQ Equita’s broad experience in the packaging industry, “We are very pleased to have won two top companies with strong positions in their markets, FAWEMA and HDG.” Christine Weiß, Partner of HQ Equita adds, “We know the packaging machinery market very well and have already shown that we are able to successfully exploit attractive growth opportunities and global trends, such as the increasing importance of flexible packaging solutions.” The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and other details of the contractual agreement. The closing of the transaction is expected for the second half of June. The Steindl Group was supported in the transaction by the following advisors: Hake Consulting (M&A, Finance), Rentrop & Partner (Taxes) and Fritsch Graf Horsten (Law, Purchase Agreement). HQ Equita was supported by Munich Strategy (CDD), Ebner Stolz (FDD), ERM (Environment, ESG) and Watson, Farley & Williams (Law, Sales Contract, Taxes).

important part of the business still further. Replacing Colin Dunsford as Sales Engineer is Chris Berry. Chris has just joined DMN UK from the automotive industry. He will be helping with liaison between the company and customers in both the UK and India. On the Servicing side, Ryan Gallagher has joined as a Service Engineer and will be working closely with Service Engineer Jack Williamson and Service Manager, Andy Sutton. Ryan completed his engineering apprenticeship with the British Army and then went on to work in the engineering department of Railtrak. The Indian office in Chennai, which started life with a Sales Manager and a Marketing co-ordinator, has also expanded. A new internal sales engineer has been appointed, two additional Sales

Engineers with extensive process system experience will be appointed to cover the Delhi and Mumbai areas and, as India is such a vast area, DMN UK has appointed two agents. Bob Rogers, General Manager, DMN commented, “Our promotions and appointments reflect the way that DMN UK has grown over the past few years. The Servicing Department has always been stretched; Ryan’s appointment should help here.” “The Indian market has become extremely important hence the appointment of sales engineers and agents. The contacts that we have developed through the good work of our staff in India together with the exhibitions that we have invested in are resulting in orders which is why we have needed to expand our sales and after-sales facility.”

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Bühler Aeroglide earns safety award for fifth consecutive year

ühler Aeroglide has been recognised for its commitment to excellence in safety. The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) advocates for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming, and fabricating industries. Last month, the FMA presented Bühler Aeroglide with a safety award at the 10th

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Annual FMA Safety Conference in Chicago, Illinois. FMA safety awards celebrate best in class metal fabrication companies who achieve and maintain a culture of safety in the workplace. “We are pleased to receive this award for the fifth consecutive year, but this is also something we’ve come to expect,” said Quality/Safety Manager Michael Moses. “We’ve developed a strong commitment to safety awareness during the past few years, with training and professional development that has increased workforce engagement, while recognising an inclusiveness of all employees. This award reflects the goals of our in house safety programme.” Moses assumed the responsibility of Bühler’s programme six years ago. Through regular communications meetings, weekly discussions, conversations on the shop floor and consistent messaging, he stimulated interest in accident prevention, promoted safety in the workplace, and recognised safe work habits. Today, safety is a barometer of the company’s manufacturing excellence, and continuous improvement for health and environmental standards is moving the manufacturer toward the goal of zero loss of human and material resources. The Safety Award of Merit is presented to companies posting an injury and illness incidence rate for calendar year 2017 that is better than the published Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) rate by 10 percent or greater, based on their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Bühler’s safety record reported for 2017 consisted of only three recordable minor injuries and one lost time accident. The company’s TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate) compared to the most recent National OSHA recordable rate for applicable industry contractors, was calculated at 1.9 versus an industry average of 3.2. To be eligible to receive recognition, companies were required to submit OSHA Form 300A, Summary of WorkRelated Injuries and Illnesses, for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Winners were determined based on NAICS code categories and BLS injury and illness incidence rates.

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BALANCE IS EVERYTHING! Peel Ports handles first animal grain imports


he first agri-bulk vessel for global animal feed trader ADM Arkady arrived at Peel Ports’ King George V Dock containing more than 4000 metric tonnes of animal feed. The arrival of MV Arklow Ruler at the Glasgow-based port, marks a significant first milestone in the long-term contract between Peel Ports and the supply chain leader which was announced earlier this year. At around 90m in length and weighing in at around 6965 tonnes the vessel arrived from France on Friday June 15, 2018. Peel Ports has extensively refurbished the on port agribulks storage facilities at KGV to ensure the highest standards of compliance are achieved to bring them in-line with other Peel Ports operated facilities. The works also included investment in a new IT platform as well as plant and cargo handling equipment. The TASCC and ATEX compliant warehousing will become ADM’s new Scottish distribution hub. Graham Atkinson, Managing Director, ADM Arkady said: “The arrival of our first agri-bulks vessel carrying maize marks a significant milestone in our partnership with Peel Ports and will soon be followed by an extensive programme of animal feed imports. “Working with Peel Ports, we have been able to enter the Scottish market, helping transform ADM’s global supply chain to the benefit of the UK’s agriculture industry. The new ATEX and TASSC accredited facility operated by Peel Ports represents best-in-class and will help us maintain our exceptionally high standards.” As well as developing Peel Ports Glasgow port facilities, ADM Arkady, part of the Archer Daniels Midland Company, will also expand its northern hub operations in Liverpool and could see a combined throughput of one million tonnes of animal feed imports each year. Andrew Hemphill, Port Director at Peel Ports Clydeport, said: “Since announcing our partnership, we have upgraded the storage and distribution facilities at KGV in order to accommodate ADM’s business model and ensure an effective route to market for its products. “By becoming the registered store keeper for this facility and making significant investments in upgrades, we have been able to bring the standard of operations in-line with our other UK facilities, providing a market-leading solution to our customer, ADM. “The fact that we are welcoming the first agri-bulks vessel after just a few months, is a significant milestone and one we hope to build on as we work with ADM Arkady to support its UK growth.”

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New data on S.Cerevisiae boulardii in broiler presented at the 6th Mediterranean Poultry Summit

New beginnings Tom Blacker, International Milling and Grain Directory Hello, this month has been a great return to regular business for companies in the industry. No less than seven companies joined the directory in the month of June which is a superbly positive upturn, and long may it continue. This resource is here for you to use and join to be found — after 26 years we are confident that this directory is a ‘must join’. Please take a look for free on the website, The eight companies to join us this month were: • ACO Mold Co., Ltd - China Extruder Shop Limited - United Kingdom • IBARCODESOLUTIONS Co.,LTD., United States of America • Industrial Metal Powders (I) Pvt Ltd – India • Injection Molding Group co., Ltd. – China • Rappel Limited - United Kingdom • Sunrise Foods International Inc – Canada • Teknik Değirmen – Turkey • Transac Global Ltd - United Kingdom Eight different companies from six different countries is pleasing and great for the benefit of all of us. To make more links and connections through the grain and feed industry. Roger and Tuti from the team will be exhibiting in Jakarta, Indonesia in early July for IndoLivestock and exhibiting also at Livestock Taiwan later in July in the capital city of Taipei. On another note, this is my final column for the magazine. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Perendale Publishers, but now I am moving on to other opportunities. It has meant a lot to me to be the coordinator for this directory. I will be proud of beginning this column and managing this over the years since 2012. I will miss my fellow team members and close relationships with those from around the world. The directory has changed a lot both in print and online and I am sure it will carry on changing and evolving into the future. Thank you all. The mantle will pass on to Roger Gilbert and others here which will ensure the long-term sustainability of the directory. I am positive and optimistic that the directory is a sound investment and resource for all in the sector and beyond. @intlmilling



allemand Animal Nutrition presented new poultry nutrition studies in Torino, Italy, at the 6th Mediterranean Poultry Summit. One study confirmed the benefits of live yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii CNCM I-1079 on broiler chicken growth performance (ADG, FCR, final weight) and homogeneity, as well as the live yeast’s ability to lower mortality under standard farming conditions.

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From farm to fork by Sven-Olof Malmqvist, M4L Board of Trustees, Owner at Grytåsa “From farm to fork”is a wellused expression when one wants to try to explain the complexity producing high quality food to a fast-growing population. But actually, it starts much earlier than at the farm level. A modern feed ration can consist of more than 50 different ingredients from basic carbohydrates, proteins down to micro elements and all of them must be of highest standards when it comes to hygiene, minimum levels of impurities etc but must of course being potent in form bioavailability so the uptake will be as high as possible. In order to achieve all this one must have totally focus about traceability, best manufacture practices, precise analytical methods, basic raw material knowledge but also have tight control of the logistics, storing and handling of the material before producing the finished feed. But it doesn’t stop here, after production it must be stored and distributed in a safe way and that is not the case everywhere. The weakest link in the chain must be detected and rectified and the one has to build on that and move forward. Today we have several means and ways to keep it up to a high standard particularly in the most developed countries while there are miles of improvement in the less developed countries and here I think we have to transfer our accumulated knowledge in a more efficient way than before. I do not have any precise figures of losses due to poor handling, storing and management both in finished feed but also pure raw material handling but it is significant. I do believe that the international milling industry which act extremely global can contribute a lot in the future by making a parallel distribution of knowledge (software)while they are selling the “hardware”. With all the above measures I believe that we can produce food at quality standard that is affordable for a growing population.

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Symaga’s storage solutions arrive on Sapporo island, Japan


he storage project for the Japanese multinational Yanmar is an example of Symaga versatility. The Silo plant to store Premium Japonica rice, a very delicate grain with a unique texture, has demanded the development of tailor-made technical solutions. On one hand, Symaga has designed a new insulation for the silo roof and pre-lacquered galvanised steel sectors for the cylinder in order to create an air chamber for extra insulation. An interior catwalk and inside ladder have been installed to improve access to the silo. Ventilation system has been developed for this project in order to increase ventilation that this kind of rice requires. A full aeration floor has been installed to allow a better airflow, with a special duct system in the upper parts of the silo. For Symaga, this project is a showcase of the Spanish company’s technical and manufacturing capacities. For the company’s international outreach, it brings Japan to the list of their reference countries, a highly sophisticated market with very special storage requirements. Symaga thanks Yanmar for their confidence, and look forward to working on future projects.


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A conference for West Africa’s flour producers


nderstanding Flour was the theme of the fourth symposium in Ghana with over 120 millers and other experts sharing their knowledge of production of the region’s staple food. The event was held in Ahrensburg, Accra on June 28, 2018 and hosted by Mühlenchemie. The company had issued an invitation to a ‘family meeting’ of the West African milling industry in Ghana in April 2018. The objective of this Mühlenchemie symposium – the fourth of its kind in Accra – was an intensive transfer of know-how between all the important players in the industry. Over 120 participants from mills,

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suppliers, governments and NGOs met for two days of networking in Ghana’s capital. The Mühlenchemie symposium ‘Understanding Flour’ was directed towards mills in the French-speaking states of West Africa. The millers discussed topics of current importance to the flour industry together with manufacturers of laboratory equipment, mill builders, wheat traders and health experts from governments and NGOs. Experts from Mühlenchemie gave further stimulus in the form of information on the latest developments in the use of enzymes in the production of flour and pasta. Like the company’s other events, the programme in Accra offered plenty of opportunity for discussion between the participants alongside the specialist lectures. “Our aim is to draw the experience of experts and millers together in order to promote an understanding of flour production in every individual. That is the only way we can meet the challenges of constantly changing climatic, economic and market-related conditions”, said Mühlenchemie’s managing director Lennart Kutschinski at the opening of the symposium. So, for Emenike Okoye, who manages the Mühlenchemie Technology Center in Lagos (and opened last year), the event was valuable for another reason, too. “We safeguard the staple food of several hundreds of million people. The West African milling industry is a family that extends across national borders and thrives in spite of competition. This special relationship is something the participants in the symposium were able to experience once again during the two days in Accra”. Mühlenchemie is the international market leader in flour standardisation, flour improvement and flour fortification. The company standardises more than 100 million tonnes of wheat annually. It exports its products to over 120 countries and maintains a close partnership with over 2000 mills around the globe. At the central Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg, near Hamburg, 80 research scientists and applications technologists work on tailor-made solutions to meet the needs of the milling industry worldwide. A team of experts now advises mills on the spot in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Russia and Turkey and offers individual solutions for achieving optimum flour quality.







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Giving the poultry farmer a perfect insight into population size


otraco Agri, in collaboration with the University of Wageningen, has developed a Red mite Monitoring System. This innovation was presented at VIV Europe from June 20-22 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The system consists of a plastic perch with advanced electronics, linked to an intelligent data management system. Red mites or blood lice are one of the major threats to poultry in Europe. They can cause anemia and increase the mortality and susceptibility to disease in the animals. Feed efficiency, egg production, egg quality and weight decrease significantly. The small parasites are therefore a costly problem for the poultry sector. In Europe alone, the estimated total annual cost of red mite infestations is around 360 million Euro, with more than 300 million chickens in all production types suffering from it. In addition, the enormous damage caused by the socalled Fipronil affair in 2017 (more than 75 million euros for the sector in the Netherlands) is not included. Rapid treatment is vital for a blood flare infestation, because every seven to 10 days

new generations of mites are introduced, with the population growing exponentially. If a mite has eight eggs per clutch, you will get 250 million mites in a short period of 12-weeks. This little problem can get out of hand quickly if it is not treated in the right way and at an early stage. With Hotraco Agri’s Red mite Monitoring System, a poultry farmer can get and keep track of the size and development of a blood-louse population in a barn. And determine a treatment moment on that basis. This also provides insight into the effect of a treatment on the decrease in the population. Integrated Pest Management is a sustainable method for limiting economic losses caused by pests and diseases. By having a rapid insight into the size of a blood-lice population and responding to it adequately, it is possible to prevent and control pests, whereby pesticides (chemical, synthetic means against pests) are only used if other possibilities give insufficient results. This can reduce the number of problems related to the presence of pesticide residues and resistance development.

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The uptake of automation by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG We are now more than halfway through another year and in the UK. Harvest will very soon be upon us and we are all hoping that yields will be high, however nothing in farming is assured as weather has a very major influence and here it is very changeable indeed. We had a hard winter that lasted through to mid-April but thankfully no late frosts. After that, very little rainfall meant very light cuts of grass for silage making and to boost cereal yields. Where irrigation for potatoes and vegetables has been available with the warm growing weather, crops should be good. The maize crops as I travel through the UK are looking very patchy, which is not a good sign for our livestock producers. Summer in the UK is when we have through the country a chance to show off our expertise ideas and technologies through a series of farming shows and demonstrations. These events give our farming people a chance to come together to socialise discuss and compare notes and ideas in industrial and modern jargon these events could be described as team bonding and training exercise as these events have been taking place for more than 150 years clearly demonstrating how advanced in thinking our farming communities are. In the latest editions of these events the most modern and innovative ideas are all on display, alongside reminders of our past with antique machinery giving attendees a very valuable history lesson showing just how far we have advanced in the last 100 years. Alongside technology that has only been improved for instance the cutter bars on harvesting machines where the finger bar configuration is still used in the most sophisticated computer-controlled harvesters shown alongside 100-year-old reapers and thrashing machines. Not only has the farming industry seen unprecedented changes and upgrading of machinery and equipment, our milling industry has seen similar 38 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

improvements to inventions developed more than 100 years ago. Within my lifetime we have witnessed this massive change and uptake in technology making life less arduous for the farmers, whilst enabling more marginal land to be brought into production. This is all good for food production and much needed as our world population grows and more land is being used for development. The world is developing at an unprecedented, alarming and exciting rate dependent on your outlook on life with the dawning of the digital age. We are now seen as taken for granted computer technology that was only 40 years ago ideas of purest science fiction. With robotic technology not applying to take drudgery and routine actions out of our lives but now able to mimic the human brain and diagnose solutions to impending problems before they occur. For the farming industry the impact has far reaching consequences as labour on farms becomes an increasing problem in its scarcity, people no longer want to work in dirty and smelly conditions of farms, mills, slaughter and food packing plants. Robotics can perform a lot of the tasks as long as the primary product is offered in a uniform shape and size a challenge for our producers and breeders but with genetic advances being made using vigorous selection criteria only available now with the aid of fast comport technology these criteria are being met. In the food chain industry, the more that we can mechanise production the risks of contamination are reduces as hygiene and disinfectant practices can be easily built in to systems which is all for the good of the end consumers. In all of our farm milling and extrusion industries the uptake of automation means that human error is taken out of the production system within built safeguards against any failure in any part of the production. I am writing these notes whilst sitting in a hot dry England demonstrating again the one part of our production that computes cannot control the weather which we all rely totally on. @AgrictecExports

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De Heus opens second production site


n May 29, 2018 De Heus Myanmar proudly celebrated the opening of its second production site in Myanmar. This modern production facility will enable De Heus to strengthen its market position and help professionalise agriculture in the region. Located on 26,000 square metres near Mandalay, the factory has an annual production capacity of 280,000 MT and is regarded as the most sustainable feed production site in Myanmar. After opening its animal feed mill near Yangon in the Lower Myanmar region on October 1, 2016, De Heus now has a second production site near Mandalay, in the Upper Myanmar region. With production capacity at the Yangon site having already reached its limit and monthly sales figures still rising fast, a second production site was required. Johan van den Ban, Managing Director of De Heus Myanmar, is delighted with this new site in Myanmar and the extraordinary growth of De Heus in Myanmar. Mr Van den Ban added, “Since our arrival in Myanmar, the livestock sector has gradually developed. De Heus Myanmar has now become the leading supplier of animal nutrition solutions to independent farmers nationwide.

For several years, De Heus Myanmar has had a sales warehouse in Mandalay to flexibly supply customers in the region. Based on growing demand, the identified high potential and our company’s commitment to our local customers, we decided to invest in this new factory quite soon after opening our first factory back in October 2016. We hope that this new production facility will enable us to support the livestock farmers even better.” During the opening ceremony, Mr Van den Ban said, “Due to our commitment to high product quality and supporting local farmers with global knowledge, we have seen a tremendous growth in the use of our products in Myanmar. We want to bring new knowledge to Myanmar in order to further increase the production of animal protein in this beautiful country and contribute to the professionalisation of the livestock sector.” He added, “This production facility is the most modern compound feed plant in Myanmar. The new equipment from top European feed milling suppliers includes a hyper modern packing robot and extensive bulk storage solutions. To monitor the quality of incoming raw materials and outgoing finished products, a state of the art laboratory will make a big contribution to future farming demands. I am particularly proud that by investing in a 516 kW rooftop-based Solar Energy system, which is able to produce 663 MWh of renewable energy per year, we will save 1.5 MT of CO2 emission.” “Thereby, we have established the most sustainable feed mill in Myanmar. The steam consumption of this factory is generated by renewable fuel sources as well. We hope to encourage other investors to continue investing in renewable energy as well.”

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Alltech celebrates 30 years in Canada

Cam Guthrie (left), mayor of Guelph, congratulates Dr. Mark Lyons (right), president of Alltech, on Alltech Canada’s 30th anniversary at the celebration event held in Guelph, Ontario.

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olleagues, friends and dignitaries recently gathered in Guelph at Alltech’s Canadian headquarters to celebrate the global animal nutrition company’s 30th anniversary operating in Canada. Founded in 1988 by Dr Pearse Lyons, Alltech Canada has offices and representatives strategically located across the country. In 2016, Alltech acquired Masterfeeds and added a strong network of farm-focused dealers to accommodate and service farmers and

ranchers nationwide. “Canada is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world,” said Stuart McGregor, general manager of Alltech Canada. “We are proud to celebrate 30 years in Canada and look forward to many more supporting our farm and ranch customers across the country.” Coinciding with the Alltech Canada 30th anniversary celebration, the World Trade Center Kentucky and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles visited the Guelph area on an agriculture and agribusiness-focused trade mission. Canada is Kentucky’s top agriculture and agrifood export market, and in 2016, Kentucky’s agriculture and related industries exported US$230 million to Canada. “Kentucky agriculture needs international trade, but more importantly, the rest of the world needs Kentucky agriculture,” said Mr Quarles. “The goal of this agriculturefocused trade mission is to generate export opportunities by connecting our farm community to new international markets.” While in Canada, the trade mission delegates visited a grain farm, toured the University of Guelph Livestock Research and Innovation Centre, participated in roundtable discussions and attended an Agriculture and Agribusiness Symposium, businessto-business meetings and business networking receptions. The mission was sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau, Masterfeeds/Alltech, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.

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Algatechnologies Ltd. launches a fucoxanthin from microalgae


lgatechnologies, Ltd. (“Algatech”) have launced Fucovital®, a patented, all-natural three percent fucoxanthin oleoresin produced and extracted from microalgae. Fucovital’s unique composition is the first fucoxanthin granted New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN) acknowledgement for dietary supplements from the FDA. Fucovital will be launched in the US and Japan, and launches will follow in other regions successively. Clinical trials demonstrate that fucoxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, can have significant benefits for preventing obesityrelated metabolic syndrome such as impaired glucose management, inflammation, high triglyceride levels, and liver disorders. Since 2000, nearly 500 peer-reviewed articles have been published regarding fucoxanthin and its health benefits. The global fucoxanthin market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.2 percent through 2022 and estimated nearly 700 tonnes annually. “Algatech will conduct series of studies to further substantiate the health benefits of fucoxanthin,” says Hagai Stadler, Algatech CEO. “This launch marks a significant milestone for Algatech and the microalgae industry.” Fucoxanthin is traditionally extracted from harvested seaweed, which only contains ~0.01 percent fucoxanthin. This expensive and time-consuming process, coupled with prior inadequate extraction methods, limits the amount of fucoxanthin available in the market and increases cost significantly. Moreover, the old processes exposed product

to contamination, relied on the harvest seasons of edible seaweed, and resulted in excessive waste. Algatech’s microalgae fucoxanthin production overcomes these major challenges. Algatech identified a unique strain of algae, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, that contains hundreds of times more concentrated fucoxanthin than seaweed. Algatech then successfully grew and standardised this strain in a closed and controlled cultivation system fully exposed to natural sunlight. Fucovital can be cultivated year-round and is not dependent on seasonal fluctuations. “Fucovital is cultivated in a patented, eco-friendly, closed system, creating a pure, cost-effective new source of fucoxanthin with a consistent high quality,” says Omer Grundman, PhD, Algatech’s Chief R&D biologist and leader of R&D for FucoVItal. “Our manufacturing process is completely sustainable, relying on power generated at an adjacent solar farm. The closed-cultivation system is unlike other available products and has a minimal ecologic footprint.” “Commercialisation of new microalgae ingredients is something few companies have achieved,” adds Stadler. “It requires diverse and accomplished research and skills, incorporating marine biology, biotechnology, and organic chemical engineering. We are proud to launch Fucovital, with its complete stability and boosted capacity. And it is just one of series of microalgae ingredients Algatech is planning to launch in the next few years.”



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Training Participants join for grain training at Kansas State University’s IGP Institute. As the demand for professionals in the grain industry continues to grow, the need for continued education in the industry is essential.

Grain elevator industry professionals learn management techniques

psychrometrics; operation costs; grain grading; inventory management; grain handling equipment and equipment maintenance; aeration principles and hardware; grain shipping and receiving; grain safety; grain drying; hands-on training equipment; fumigation; and grain condition monitoring. Along with presentations from KSU faculty, the training included a tour of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Centre and the Hal Ross Flour Mill on the KSU campus. “We had a diverse group allowing us to intermingle and learn about our different markets, which helped us understand different styles of operations,“ says Harry Franklin, manager trainee for Bungee. Mr Campabadal explains, “In this course, we had a core group of participants from grain elevators and co-ops, but we also had managers of river facilities, feed mills, flour mills and grain merchandisers.” Mr Franklin shares that the diversity of professional backgrounds enhanced his learning experience. He says, “The course brought out all of our differences so we could learn from them.” In addition to courses offered in feed manufacturing and grain quality management, the IGP Institute also offers training in flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management.

The IGP Institute at Kansas State University offered an IGP–KSU Grain Elevator Managers course May 14–18, 2018, where 15 participants gained management skills and learned the importance of grain operation systems. This IGP–KSU Grain Elevator Managers course is beneficial for those who are responsible for supervising grain managers. The focus of this course is on the science behind the practices used in grain management. “This course is covers the different technical areas that are important to understand for day-to-day activities involving grain handling and storage operations. Shown left to right are Tom Phillips, Kansas State Our focus is on grain elevator University; John Kuhlman, CHS United Plains managers and other personnel that Ag; Scott Endriss, NEW Cooperative Inc.; and Kendall Frahm, Bunge North America. play a role in this type of operation,” says Carlos Campabadal, feed manufacturing and grain quality management curriculum manager at the IGP Institute. He adds, “The course helps new managers break down and evaluate the practices used by previous supervisors.” The course topics include personnel management; grain quality characteristics;

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that will help them improve their feed manufacturing skills,” Mr Campabadal says. He adds that he training also included a tour of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Products Innovation Center (BIVAP), and the K–State Dairy Farm. This course had two participants from Ghana who were sponsored by the American Soybean Association and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH). These poultry farmers were interested in learning ways to improve the feed for their poultry at all stages. One of those participants, Douglas Adu, says, “If you want quality product or quality soybeans you do not talk about the price you talk about the quality.” He adds, “Because of this course, I know if I depend mainly on American soybeans because of the quality high protein it will help my poultry farm grow.”

Just as athletes need high quality food to be at the peak performance, so do the animals that go into the world’s food supply. Training animal feed providers on the best practices of feed handling was the focus of the IGP–KSU Feed Manufacturing course held at the IGP Institute, June 11–14. There were 26 participants who joined in the class representing Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Turkey and the United States. These professionals represented a wide range of jobs within the feed industry. “This year’s annual IGP–KSU Feed Manufacturing Eric Maichel, BIVAP extrusion lab course had a good group of professionals with manager, far right, explains to diverse backgrounds ranging from feed millers to participants the extrusion process as he animal nutritionists to poultry farmers to equipment shows them the final product. Shown left to right are Mario Daccarrett, Dairy manufacturers to ingredient suppliers,” says Carlos Consulting Services; PV Reddy, NuTech Campabadal, IGP Institute feed manufacturing and grain Biosciences Inc; and Issac Essiaw, Kwama Farms. quality management curriculum manager. The course content covered a variety of topics including grain storage and pest control; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; extrusion drying and cooling; effect of feed processing on animal nutrition; pelleting, cooling and crumbling; feed and ingredient handling; feed plant design; energy conservation in the feed mill; steam generation systems; mould; and mycotoxins. “The group had exposure to technical presentations

Participants gain hands-on experience in the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Products Innovation Center (BIVAP) left to right Douglas Adu, Dougi Royal Farms; Issac Essiaw, Kwama Farms; Andy Katzenmeier, Kansas Ethanol LLC; Kevin Mosier, Kansas Ethanol LLC; and Jarrod Lopez, Colorado Mills.

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The new tubular push conveyor system TUBO LBGA from Bühler uses an innovative new principle. The new TUBIT push elements push flour, semolina and grains instead of pulling them, as in conventional systems. It replaces in some areas of the mill the pneumatic conveyor and mechanical conveyor systems. TUBO is suitable for both vertical and horizontal transport as well as the return of free-flowing product (whole grains) and non-free flowing products (flour, grist, semolina). So-called TUBITS, elements made of plastic, are pushed through the conveyor tube individually and loose. In addition, TUBO eliminates the need for additional protective measures against explosion because the closed transport takes place at low speed.

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Manufactured from either coated mild steel or stainless steel, the entire system is completely sealed and is totally dust and moisture proof. Actuation of the slide is by a solenoid and there is a choice of single or double heavy duty, double acting cylinders for activating the slide itself. Each Shut-Off Slide is delivered pre-wired to a junction box with external compressed air fittings already fitted. There are six sizes in the range; 150mm, 200mm, 250mm, 300mm, 350mm and 400mm.

The model AD aeration pad by Conveyor Components Company is an excellent choice for aerating a variety of dry, bulk materials in order to promote flow. The aeration pad is available in the standard zinc plated steel body, as well as optional stainless-steel bodies and mesh. The heavy-duty construction features internal stiffeners to prevent crushing of the air compartment and provides long life of the aerator. Installation is relatively quick and simple. Minimal air pressure (6.5 CFM at 3 PSI) is required to adequately fluidise most dry bulk materials.

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Kice rotary vane feeders are used to meter product out of storage tanks or into equipment such as Multi-Aspirators. Sometimes called ‘blend vane feeders,’ these units provide a constant, volumetric rate of feed. Many feeders on the market today are constructed out of aluminium which is not only a weak material but can produce shavings that are not caught by magnets. Kice rotary vane feeders are built with heavy duty, mild steel that will provide years of reliable service. 50 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain



C-Conveyor - Circular conveying system

Certain situations in powders, pellet and granulate handling require raw materials to be fed back vertically into the production process. Poeth has developed its new C-Conveyor specifically for these situations: it optimises the production capacity of recirculating conveying systems and minimises the risk of contamination. The new C-Conveyor is explosion-proof, so no costly investments in ATEX protection are required. Low energy consumption is a further benefit. Vertical conveying and reintroducing raw materials into the process is a regular requirement in production processes for powders, pellets and granules. Thoroughly emptying conveying systems is extremely important and one of the main conditions for an efficient and contaminant-free production process. However, effectively emptying traditional bucket elevator systems, particularly when conveying lightweight, fine powders, is more easily said than done. Buckets attached to a belt or chain scoop dry raw materials from base of the elevator (feed point). At the discharge station, the product is thrown out of the buckets, powerfully but at low speed, under the influence of centrifugal force. Residues of the raw material are often left behind, particularly in the case of lightweight materials. The result is a loss of capacity and cross-contamination in the elevator base. When handling potentially explosive raw materials, the minimum conveying speed is the bottleneck for bucket conveyors. Capital-intensive investments in ATEX protection are required as a result. The new C-Conveyor from Poeth has been specifically designed for efficiently recirculating light powders and explosion-prone raw materials. The C-Conveyor transports the raw materials horizontally first, and then vertically before reintroducing them to the process horizontally. The highly innovative C-Conveyor features plastic paddles which move through a closed channel on a chain and gently “drop” out of the conveying system at the release point. The design makes the C-Conveyor ideal for products that resist emptying. Because the paddles seal hermetically to the conveying channel and base, product residue and product drop-back are minimised. This makes the C-Conveyor suitable for residue-free emptying of conveying systems without risking cross-contamination. The C-Conveyor can run perfectly at speeds of < 1 m/s. So, the C-Conveyor is capable of conveying explosive raw materials safely and cost-efficiently without the need for costly investments in ATEX protection. Poeth has invested in an-house C-Conveyor test unit with a height of nine metres. This unit is used to replicate practical situations, perform long-term “closed loop” testing and subject customer products to trials in a production environment. This offers assurance beforehand and an opportunity to refine the results. Thanks to smart design, the C-Conveyor from Poeth combines an extensive capacity range (5 m3 to 220 m3 per hour) with low energy consumption. Milling and Grain - July 2018 | 51



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Measuring digestion In Vitro measurement of Glycaemic Index and Resistant Starch using a simulated enzymatic digestion analyser


by Phillip Clancy, Next Instruments Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia.

ating food is the mechanism by which humans and animals obtain energy for maintaining the body’s functions and to build and replace tissues. Protein, carbohydrates, oil and water are the major components of foods.The gastrointestinal tract, i.e., the mouth, stomach, small intestines and large intestines, digests and ferments these compounds to produce amino acids, simple sugars and free fatty acids that pass through the walls of the small intestines into the blood stream. The body’s cells absorb glucose to produce chemical energy and amino acids to produce proteins for building tissues. The liver processes fatty acids to form fat that is stored in the adipose tissues around the body as a source of energy in the future. The large intestines ferment the undigested food to form organic acids, which pass through the walls of the large intestines into the blood stream. These organic acids are used to generate energy through the Tri Carboxylic Acid or Krebs Cycle. The undigested components of food are predominantly fibre, which are complex long chain and branched carbohydrates that are not broken up by enzymes found in the small intestines. Only bacterial fermentation is able to break the fibrous material and convert the glucose and other sugars to organic acids including acetic acid, lactic acid and butyric acid. The nutritional value of foods has become more important in the past 50 years since the western world has become overweight if not obese. The human body has evolved over millions of years based on the availability of foods. Since the industrial revolution, 2000 years ago, many foods eaten in the western world are highly processed to make them more easily packaged, stored and distributed. Virtually overnight western society has changed the way foods are manufactured and distributed, yet the human body is still processing these foods the same way it has done for thousands of years.

Glycemic Index

In the last 20 years nutritional labelling has been implemented in order to advise the consumer of the content (quantitative assessment) of the food. More recently there has been a movement towards qualitative assessment of the nutritional value of the food for consumers. Glycaemic Index (GI) is one qualitative assessment by which foods are ranked based on the rate and amount of glucose released from the food into the blood stream. 54 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

Figure 1: Human Digestion Tract

The more a food and its ingredients are processed, the more likely that the Glycaemic Index for the food will be higher than foods, which are not processed. For example, bread made from fine white flour where the starch molecules have been disrupted and the fibre has been removed by milling, have a high GI. On the other hand, wholemeal breads are made from wheat meal and flour. The higher fibre content of whole meal bread means that the starch molecules are not broken down in the small intestines and therefore less glucose is released into the blood stream. As such, whole meal bread has a lower GI than white bread. Cereals including wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn and rice are mainstays of the world’s diet. These materials are used to make bread, pasta, breakfast foods, biscuits, cakes, noodles, pastries etc. Cereals are mostly carbohydrates in the form of sugars, starches and fibre, i.e. 60-80 percent by weight. As such these foods made from cereals are a large source of glucose, which is the simple sugar that the body’s cells use to generate chemical energy. When the body digests cereal-based foods, the rate of release of the glucose is related to the nature and state of the carbohydrates in the food. Sucrose, which is used to sweeten most processed foods, breaks down in the mouth to form fructose and glucose. The glucose Figure 2: In Vivo Glycemic Response Curves

Figure 3: In Vitro GI vs In Vivo GI Correlation Plot

F is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream. Starch molecules are polymers of glucose and depending on their complexity, amount of branching and cross-linking, will affect the rate of enzymatic breakdown and the release of glucose into the blood stream. As well proteins and fats that encase the starch molecules slow down or inhibit the effectiveness of the enzymes to cleave off the glucose molecules from the starch molecules. As such the GI of the food is affected by the chemical and physical characteristics of the food. The measurement of Glycaemic Index is performed In Vivo, i.e. in humans. The procedure requires a panel of 10 people who are fed 50gm of food and then their blood glucose levels are monitored every 15 minutes for two hours. The rate and amount of glucose released over the two-hour period is used to determine the Glycaemic Response for each of the 10 subjects. The average Glycaemic Response, after statistical filtering, is used to calculate the GI for the food sample. The GI is calculated as: GI - Glycaemic Response for the food sample / Glycaemic Response of 50mg of glucose Foods are ranked based on their GI content: High GI > 70 Medium GI 55-69 Low GI < 54 Glycaemic Index is a physiological construct based on human digestion of foods. Since the human digestion system includes gastric emptying and blood glucose is affected by Insulin release, then it is extremely difficult to replicate GI using an In Vitro, i.e. in glass method.

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However, a methodology has been developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) to simulate the enzymatic digestion of foods In Vitro. This methodology is most appropriate for cereal foods and materials, rather than being a universal simulation that covers all foods. Since the In Vivo GI measurement is a human response to the eating of food, where as the In Vitro GI measurement is a simulated enzymatic digestion and subsequent measurement of the glucose released from a sample of food, then it is not correct to infer that the In Vitro GI measurement is a true GI measurement. The CSIRO refer to their methodology as a Predictive GI measurement.

Resistant Starch

A portion of the food eaten does not undergo enzymatic digestion in the small intestines. This portion includes fibre and Resistant Starch. The importance of these portions lies in the fermentation processes that occur in the large intestines. The

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F undigested materials are fermented by bacteria in the large intestines to form small chain organic acids including acetic acid, lactic acid and butyric acid. These small molecules pass through the walls of the large intestines into the blood stream. They have two functions, i.e. firstly to provide a source of energy for cells and secondly as markers for the endocrine or hormone system. When there is enough fibre and Resistant Starch present in the large intestines, the bacteria produce more butyric Figure 5: Flaked Corn Breakfast Cereal Figure 6: Bran Breakfast Cereal acid, which is a marker for the hypothalamus, the gland in the base of the brain that regulates hormones around the body. Butyric acid tells the hypothalamus that the body has consumed enough food and therefore secrete the hormone Leptin which tells the brain that it is satiated, i.e. full. If there is insufficient fibre and Resistant Starch in the large intestines, then lactic acid and acetic acid are produced which then tells the hypothalamus that there is not enough food consumed and the brain initiates the desire for more food, i.e. hunger. There are other important Figure 7. Grain Flake Breakfast Cereal Figure 8: Muesli Breakfast Cereal functions of fibre in digestion process such as cleaning cancerous cells off the wall of the bowel and colon. NutraScan Simulated Resistant Starch is measured In Vivo by taking a sample Enzymatic Digestion of the contents of the large intestines and performing an In System: Vitro analysis of the material. There is an In Vitro method Next Instruments manufactured by Megazyme, Dublin, Ireland. have commercialised an This test kit simulates the digestion of the food as performed in instrument based on the the In Vitro GI test, followed by a chemical/mechanical disruption CSIRO methodologies of the starch cell walls, further enzymatic digestion to release called the NutraScan. the glucose from the starch molecules. CSIRO have adopted a This instrument very similar In Vitro methodology using a device to automate simulates the enzymatic Fig 9 Extruded Breakfast Cereal the processes involved in the digestion and measurement. The digestion for foods using Resistant Starch is determined as the amount of glucose that is a series of hydrolytic released after the starch cells have been opened up and released enzymes under physiological conditions of pH and temperature into the digest. that would be found as the food passes through the buccal Fibre still remains intact in the In Vitro method since it can only (mouth), gastric (stomach) and pancreatic (small intestines) be broken down by bacteria in a fermentation process. phases of digestion. The system takes a small sample of food and breaks it up using a simple hand held food processor. Approximately 100Problems with In Vivo methodologies 200 mg for the chopped food is placed into a sample in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a physiological construct which NutraScan. A stirrer bar simulates gentle agitation that is found ranks foods according to their ability to raise blood glucose in the stomach. A heating block maintains the temperature of concentration. As such, determination of the GI of a food item or the digest at 37C. Enzymes in liquid form are then added in mixed meal involves testing in humans. However, this approach series along with appropriate buffering to simulate the digestion is laborious, slow and expensive. It is especially unsuited to phase. product development, quality assurance and research purposes Firstly, alpha- Amylase at pH 7 is added followed shortly after which require reasonably precise, high throughput, rapid assays. by Pepsin at pH 2. The food is left to incubate for 30 minutes Indeed, even under the most stringent testing conditions the In under gentle agitation to simulate the combination of enzymatic Vivo GI method lacks the necessary discriminatory power to and acidic breakdown of the food in the stomach. The next phase discern subtle differences in carbohydrate digestibility between simulates the small intestines where Pancreatin is added at pH test foods. Accordingly, this approach is not at all suitable for 6 in order to break apart the fats, proteins and fibre in the food. product development.â&#x20AC;? (CSIRO GI Prediction Assay Report on Amyloglucosidase is then added to cleave the glucose molecules Assay Performance, Aug 2011. Unpublished.) off the starch molecules. As such, CSIRO developed their methodologies and prototype The final enzyme digest is incubated for up to five hours instrumentation in order to provide a rapid, lower cost and more to release all the available glucose from the food. A Glucose reproducible means of estimating or predicting GI and RS in analyser measures the glucose present in the digest over the five foods. Studies performed by CSIRO have shown correlations hour period. Seven measurements are taken at 15, 30, 60, 120, between the In Vitro GI and the In Vivo GI for several cereal 180, 240 and 300 minutes. The final glucose concentration in the based foods, i.e. pasta, bread, breakfast cereals, rice, snack foods, digest is used to determine the Predictive GI. biscuits and others of r2 > .8. Repeatability (intra-assay) tests Predictive GI = 100x Glucose mg/dl x Volume / Total Available show between 2 to 5 percent CV. And Reproducibility (interCarbohydrates mg/dl assay) test show between 2.2 to 10 percent. 56 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

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F Breakfast cereals predictive GI measurement

Three breakfast cereals were tested using the NutraScan to predict GI. Samples of Flaked Corn and Bran based cereals, which had been tested using the In Vivo methodology, were used as a check samples. Three samples of breakfast cereals purchased from a local super market were tested with no In Vivo data available for comparison. Figures 5 and 6 show the Glycaemic Response curves for the Flaked Corn and Bran based cereals. Figures 7, 8 and 9 show the Glycaemic Response curves for a Grain Flake, Muesli and Extruded breakfast cereals. Table 1. shows the Predictive GI for each sample performed in duplicate. The In Vivo GI for the Flaked Corn sample was supposed to be 84 where as the Bran sample was supposed to be 54. A slope and intercept adjustment were applied to the five samples and a corrected GI was calculated based on the known In Vivo GI values. The Predictive GI for the three test samples are reasonable. The grain flakes sample shows a High GI and the other two show Medium GI values. The repeatability of the tests is considered acceptable. Note that the Muesli sample has a larger difference since it is far more non-homogeneous than the other samples.


There are many papers discussing In Vitro GI methodologies. The five hours end point method for calculating GI may not be the most suitable for all foods. Two-hour digestion is considered more appropriate since it is approximately the time that food takes to pass through the stomach and small intestines. The rate of Glucose release has been suggested to be a better modelling method since it is more closely related to what happens in

Table 1. Predicted Glycemic Index for each sample. Repeat 1

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humans when they eat high GI foods, i.e. as a sugar rush within 30 minutes. The ability to measure GI and RS in foods in a reasonable time, at a reasonable cost and with high resolving power, makes the NutraScan a powerful tool for the food industry. It is not intended as a replacement for the In Vivo methodology, especially since they do not measure exactly the same thing. However, for screening large numbers of samples, such as potatoes, rice, wheat, barley, oats, etc. or the in-house measurement of foods under development and formulation, the NutraScan provides data that can be of benefit to food manufacturers, plant breeders or nutritionists. Rather than trying to correlate to In Vivo GI, it might be more appropriate to rank foods based on their two hour and five-hour release of glucose from the food sample. This figure is referred to as the Hydrolysis Index and has the advantage that it is an absolute figure rather than GI which is human response to eating food and which varies from subject to subject.

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Increasing focus on vitamin D in flour fortification — Appreciable vitamin D deficits worldwide


by Lena Kampehl, Research & Development, Mühlenchemie. Germany

bout a billion people around the globe suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Since the two most important sources of vitamin D – sunlight and nutrition – are often unable to ensure an adequate supply, vitaminisation of staple foods has come into the focus of discussion. The milling industry can play a key role in this respect. Premixes with vitamin D are a simple and efficient way of preventing the serious consequences of deficiency in large sections of the population. Five states have already issued mandatory requirements concerning the fortification of flour with vitamin D. A balanced vitamin D level is essential for human health and vitality. Whereas the significance of vitamin D for calcium and bone metabolism has been known for many years, more recent research has revealed that the fat-soluble micronutrient has a much wider range of influence on the body than previously assumed. A vitamin D deficiency is now known to be associated with diabetes, bowel cancer, anaemia, hypertension and multiple sclerosis, for example, as well as rickets and osteoporosis.

type. Risk groups include women and girls who only go outside with their body completely covered, and dark-skinned people whose higher melatonin level in the skin blocks off most of the UVB radiation. The use of sunscreens also has a negative effect on the formation of vitamin D. A further problem is that the ability of the body to synthesise vitamins generally decreases with age. The conventional approaches to preventing vitamin D deficiency have so far failed to improve the situation sufficiently. In many cases, dietary recommendations that include a high consumption of fish, liver, eggs and milk are not feasible in practice. Extensive sunbathing is not to be recommended either, because of the risk of skin cancer. And the use of food supplements as a source of vitamin D is usually confined to a few individuals.

A lack of the “sunshine” vitamin

Only an extremely small proportion of our daily requirement can be covered through our food. Apart from fatty fish, vitamin D is to be found mainly in eggs, offal, milk and dairy products and also in fungi. A much more significant role in the supply of vitamin D is played by sunlight, since the body is itself able to synthesise this vitally important vitamin through the skin with the aid of UVB radiation. However, this synthesis depends on a diversity of factors, for example the time of year and the time of day, the degree of latitude at which we live, the weather, our clothing and our skin 60 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

Growing awareness of the problem

In other words: the undersupply of vitamin D to the population presents a major challenge – especially since vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide problem and not just restricted to certain regions. In Switzerland and Germany, for instance, it is estimated that half the population suffers from an oftenconsiderable vitamin D deficiency.

F The figure is similar for sunny Brazil, where around 60 percent of all adults are undersupplied with vitamin D. In some Indian states the figure is well above 80 percent, and even for Canada the estimate is meagre. Although the country has binding regulations on the fortification of milk and margarine, the vitamin D level of 32 percent of all Canadians is below the target value. In the USA, too, the situation is unsatisfactory: in spite of the widespread fortification of milk, orange juice and breakfast cereals, the provision of vitamin D is reckoned to be “inadequate” in a quarter of all consumers, and in eight percent it is even rated as “deficient”.

Flour is the medium of choice

More and more nutritionists are therefore calling for reorientation of the measures and turning their attention towards cereal products. In the past, flour fortification has mainly focussed on iron, folic acid, zinc and the B vitamins, but it is no problem to add vitamin D to the premixes, too. Since wheat flour is a staple food that has a particularly wide range of uses, large sections of the population could be reached by vitaminising bread, biscuits, cake, pizza, pasta & Co., so the advocators argue.

Rapid success with fortified flour

In the literature we find several recent studies concerning the fortification of flour with vitamin D. In 2015, for example, the Department of Health in London published a British analysis based on simulated fortification with vitamin D. Since one person in five in the UK suffers from an alarming vitamin D deficiency, a theoretical model calculation was carried out to show how the health status of the population

would change if both milk (up to a maximum of 70 μg/l) and bread (100 μg/kg flour) were to be fortified. On the basis of existing data, it was possible to prove that vitamin D deficiency would fall from 93 to 50 percent in the groups at risk. Since the evaluation also showed that flour was more effective than milk, the team led by the nutrition scientist Dr Rachel Allen favoured the cereal rather than the dairy product. “The fortification of flour with vitamin D is to be recommended as an option for reliably improving the intake of vitamin D by the population”, was the conclusion reached by the study. A Finnish study at the University of Helsinki demonstrated how quickly the vitamin D level in the blood could be raised by increased administration. For three weeks, four groups tested the effect of wheat or rye bread fortified with 120 μg of vitamin D per kilogram of bread. The result left no room for doubt: all the participants who consumed an extra portion of vitamin D through the fortified bread were found to have a significantly higher serum level of vitamin D. Only in the control group, that had been given conventional wheat bread, did the value remain unchanged. “The fortification of bread is therefore a practical means of raising the vitamin D status of all sections of the population. Moreover, the risk of overdosing can be practically excluded, since bread is only consumed in limited amounts”: this was the conclusion reached by the Finnish researchers. According to the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), five states have now responded to these requirements and introduced mandatory regulations on the fortification of flour with vitamin D. “Saudi Arabia, Oman, Palestine, Jordan and Kuwait are absolute pioneers in this field, says Sarah Zimmerman from

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F the FFI, welcoming such commitment in the Middle East. The prescribed amounts vary between 0.013 and 0.015 ppm vitamin D, depending on regional eating habits.

Mühlenchemie tests stability and baking properties

Vitamin D occurs in the form of different chemical compounds. For flour fortification, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is used – a particularly stable and effective form that can be stored in the human body longer than vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), for example. For many years, Mühlenchemie has been one of the most prominent suppliers of high-quality vitamin and mineral premixes. Following an increasing number of inquiries from customers on the subject of vitamin D, research scientists and applications experts at the company’s own Stern Technology Centre carried out trials in order to determine the baking properties and possible loss of activity of vitamin D3. The product used was spray-dried vitamin D3 that had been stabilised with tocopherol to protect it against oxidation. The products tested were vitaminised bread and biscuits, the usage level being 7.5 μg/kg flour. In terms of 100grammes of the baked product, the vitamin fortification was therefore 15 percent of the Nutritional Reference Value (NRV). The technologists were extremely satisfied with the results of baking. The powder was very finely distributed, proved to be easy to use and did not impair either the sensory attributes or the appearance of the end products. With regard to stability, the results differed between bread and biscuits. In the case of white bread/sandwich loaves, the loss of activity measured was between 15 and 20 percent. The baking temperature was 200 – 210 °C, and the core temperature at the centre of the loaves during the 30-minute baking time reached about 98 °C. In the case of the biscuits, the activity of the vitamin fell by about 30 percent. The reason for this was the slightly higher baking temperature and the small, flat shape of the pieces. The temperature at the centre of the biscuits was therefore much higher, which led to increased degradation processes. However, such processing losses are taken into account from the start when flour fortification concepts are calculated. A corresponding increase in the prescribed usage level ensures that the necessary vitamins are still present in sufficient amounts after baking.

Consumers welcome a vitamin D boost

Vitamin D fortification in the milling and baking industries is still a niche market. But more and more food manufacturers are taking the subject up – not least in the wake of the “veggie boom”. Proof that an attractive unique selling proposition can be achieved with vitamin-enriched bakery products has been given by the British retail chain Marks and Spencer. Since 2015, a large proportion of the wrapped loaves and bread rolls have been enhanced with an extra portion of vitamin D. This measure was preceded by a survey carried out with some 2,500 consumers, 70 percent of whom were in favour of fortifying foods with vitamins in order to achieve the recommended daily intake. It is true that the vitamin D used by Marks and Spencer does not come from fortified flour but from a special baking yeast that produces large amounts of this micronutrient. But the promotional effectiveness is obvious: the vitamin D coup is advertised plainly on every pack. 62 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain


TECHNOLOGY AND A YOUNGER GENERATION – a boost to flour milling in Malaysia by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain


echnology continues to drive industry Leading the way with young millers ahead at a rapid pace. And flour milling Malaysia’s biggest flour milling company just got better and is no exception, despite many milling modern technology and youth have played their role in bringing companies still operating equipment this about. perfectly well after more than half-aOn a recent visit to view the newly-built Bühler flour mill at century of running some equipment 24 FFM Berhad Group’s ‘FFM Grains and Mills Sdn Bhd’ complex hours-a-day, and up to seven days-aon Kawasan Lembaga Palabuhan, Pasir Gudang, in southern week. Malaysia, we met with Dr Liew Kai Wah, the project engineer While we value new developments at the company who was part of the team in the construction of and look constantly to upgrade and replace equipment to achieve FFM’s new ‘D Mill’ which has a capacity of 500 tonnes per day. greater yield and efficiency, we might not be placing the same Dr Liew worked together with a team of younger millers emphasis on our milling staff. at the ‘FFM Grains and Mills’ factory, that was guided by a Are young people interested in milling? Are they aware of the project committee and led by a project director. He saw in the opportunities milling may offer as they pass through school and university? The answer is often, and sadly, no. However, there are sound and practical reasons for companies to look to younger staff; not just in terms of staff replacement, but to continue the forward progress and direction of their companies. With a healthy attitude towards new technology – especially those in the digital realm – a company is able to rise to the increasing challenge coming from a variety of sources in a competitive environment where consumer satisfaction, food price, product quality and food safety are Optical Sorter SORTEX – the standard in colour constantly having to be addressed by sorting performance for a the wider milling sector worldwide. wide range of applications

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commissioning of the new plant at the turn of the year on a site which has a feedmill and storage capacity for over 76,000 tonnes of grains. MAG also met with the flour production team, headed by Mr Ley of FFMGM along with Ley Choong Mun the Production Manager, Flour Division and Heng Ek Chee, Assistant Production Manager, Flour Division who all stood in for the company’s General Manager Mr Thing Chee Tiong in his absence on the day Milling and Grain visited in mid-April this year. FFM Group has a total workforce of 2500, of which 300 are

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employed in FGM Pasir Gudang. When asked what were the reasons to build such a new mill, Dr Liew says it is to “replace our aged mills with one that is modern with higher efficiency, offering better hygiene and higher food safety standards. “With Bühler’s latest technology, we are able to mill wheat flour without a compromise in quality and achieving better efficiency. There is also a proven track record with Bühler and we appreciate the long-term relationship we have had since the founding of FFM Berhad 50 years ago,” the team added. At the heart of ‘D Mill’ is the floor of Diorit MDDY/Z roller mills which offers easy roll replacement and has better and more accurate feeding controls than previously. Also in terms of food safety, Diorit provides the high standard we demand. On the installation itself, notwithstanding some minor hiccups, FGM is satisfied with the technical expertise and services rendered by Bühler. Mill D was commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2017 and met all expectations. The Group’s working relationship with Bühler dates back to the founding of FFM and it is satisfied with the services that have been provided over the years. When asked to sum up in one word their experience over several decades the older managers at the meeting said it was ‘reliability’,” and the whole group agreed that this was most important.

Building trust in the marketplace

FFM Berhad Group is the largest flour miller in Malaysia with a total of nine mills, five in Malaysia strategically located in Pulau Indah, Pasir Gudang, Prai, Kuching as well as Kota Kinabalu with a total milling capacity of 3050 tonnes per day. FFM Berhad, the holding company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, having established its first flour milling operation in 1966. Operations are not restricted to West and East Malaysia alone. FFM Berhad has two overseas operations, with a milling 66 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

capacity of 1550-tonnes-per-day in Vietnam and a further 2000-tonne-per-day flour mill in Indonesia. The Group also operates a 670-tonne-per-day flour mill in Thailand through its associate company Kerry Flour Mills Ltd and has a 20 percent interest in nine associates in China with a combined flour milling capacity of 12,550 tonnes per day.

Much more than milled products

FFM Berhad Group produces wheat flour for bread, noodles, biscuits, cakes and speciality wheat flour products such as semolina and high-ratio whole meals. It also produces wheat bran, wheat germ, flour improvers and premixes for bread and cakes. ‘The Italian Baker Sdn Bhd’, a wholly owned bakery of FFM Berhad operates three production lines producing 16,000 loaves per hour, 24,000 rolls per hour and 15,000 cakes per hour using the latest European, American and Australian technology. FFM Berhad Group diversified into the animal feed industry in the early 1980s - at Port Klang - with an initial capacity of 10,000 tonnes-per-annum. Today, the Group owns five feed mills in Malaysia, strategically located in Pulau Indah, Prai, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and on the new mill site at Pasir Gudang, with total designed mixing capacity of 145-tonnes-per-hour. Marketed under the brand name ‘Friendship’ and its five-ring logo, FFM feed are available in mash, crumble and pellet form. Today, FFM Berhad Group is one of the major leaders in the feed milling industry in Malaysia. FFM Berhad Group diversified downstream into broiler dayold-chicks breeding and production of table eggs through a wholly-owned subsidiary, FFM Farms Sdn Bhd (FFM Farms) in 1993. FFM Farms owns two modern, closed-housing broiler breeder parent stock farms in Sua Betong, Negeri Sembilan and Gurun, Kedah, producing more than three million premium quality day-


Mr Thing Chee Tiong, General Manager ‘Johor Bahru Flour Mill Sdn Bhd’ (Management company for FFM Grains and Mills Sdn Bhd)

old-chicks every month. Its layer farm located in Trong, Perak produces more than 20 million eggs a month. FFM Marketing Sdn Bhd (FMSB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FFM Berhad, was set up in 1993 to market a wide range of fast-moving consumer products under its own brands as well as other international and local brands. FMSB is also responsible for the domestic marketing of all products produced by the FFM Berhad Group such as flour, feed, day old chicks, table eggs, frozen food and bakery products. Today, FFM Berhad is an 80 percent subsidiary of the PPB Group Berhad of Malaysia which operates in the areas of grains and agribusiness, consumer products, film exhibition and distribution, environmental engineering and utilities and property.

General Manager Mr Thing Chee Tiong

Milling remains the heart of the company

Milling is at the heart of everything, added Mr Thing, following the meeting and who has worked with his established team developing the company and its brand over the past 43 years. His team has successfully established a wide-recognition and a high degree of trust in the marketplace, which the company has enjoyed over many decades. However, a younger generation with much enthusiasm is eager to prove themselves and take the company further. Flour milling is not just a 24-7 business but a long-term commitment to providing a country’s population with the foodstuffs it desires and deserves – both in good times and bad – that is not only safe but also affordable. To maintain the superiority of its brands, FFM Berhad Group will endeavour to continue its investment in both technology and workforce.

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he reductions and ultimately ban of (in-feed) antibiotics from animal feed does not come without its challenges. An overall approach to cope with these challenges imposes itself: persevered farm management, good hygienic practices and extra balanced nutritional feed composition (e.g. banning excessive protein levels whilst maintaining digestible amino acid-level, ensuring appropriate energy levels) are essential steps in the quest for antibiotic-free feeds. Another worthy step to consider is non-antibiotic in-feed specialties. Medium-Chain (MC) products and phytogenics are known to be very promising in this context. Literature and trials have shown beneficial effects in the animal itself as well as on the microbiota present in their gut. So, a double manner to assist birds to extra cope with the abovementioned difficulties.

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F modulating immune responses in Clostridium perfringens challenged broiler chicks. Their destructive effect on chicken Eimeria oocysts is published. The mechanism of the direct antibacterial effect of these components are inline with the mechanism of medium-chain compounds.

Improved performance at Belgian farm trials with boosted MCG’s

Figure 1 Belgian farm trials with boosted Medium-Chain Glycerides

Supplementing C8 to feed for 10-day old broiler chicks, orally challenged with Campylobacter jejuni reported reduced caecal Campylobacter content in the C8-feed. Besides effect on microbiota, gut morphology effect of in-feed MC products has been documented: increased villus to crypth ratio’s in the small intestine. Increased V/C favours digestibility and absorptive capacity of the small intestine. Caproic and Caprylic acid are even reported to meet the energy requirements of colonic epithelial cells in vivo as well as butyrate, which is commonly acknowledged for this. MCG’s are compatible with other bioactive products, like phytogenic compounds. Amongst other effects, carvacrol AAT18_Milling & Grain Ad-W210xH148mm_Jul.pdf 1 2018/6/21 下午 02:21:33 and thymol are reported to improve intestinal integrity and

Medium chain glycerides upgraded with aromatic compounds, called ‘AveMix Plus’ was tested in several farm trials by AVEVE. In Belgian farms the concept was tested on top of a standard commercial control feed, see Figure 1. The birds fed the combination concept needed less feed to obtain similar growth rate compared to the control feed. A lower mortality percentage was registered for the Plus fed birds.

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All observed effects above, indicate a more optimal use of energy supplied by the feed upon AveMix Plus addition to the feed, giving them more ‘room’ for growth. More efficient use, read “more economical” use of animal feed, the end goal every farmer pursues.

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he world needs sustainable solutions to overcome the food challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, we do need to figure out how we can feed the growing world population when agriculture land per capita is decreasing and how we can produce more protein in a sustainable way without polluting our planet. Unibio is a Danish biotech company founded in 2001. Its main focus is to supply solutions to the challenge of protein scarcity in an eco-friendly way while addressing the environmental issues of overfishing, deforestation, use of pesticides and fertilisers, exhaustion of farm lands and water resources. Unibio has unique competencies within fermentation technologies allowing a highly scalable production of protein with the use of methanotroph bacteria. Methane is converted into Table 1: Maximum inclusion levels of Uniprotein® in animal diets based on initial studies. the highly concentrated Species Inclusion level (% of diet) bacterial protein meal, 2 Uniprotein®, in an Fish (Atlantic salmon) 36% environmentally friendly Broiler 12%1 manner with a minimum Pig 15% 3,4 use of energy and water. Mink 8% 5 Since the foundation, Dog (blue fox) 12% 6 Unibio’s goal has been to provide the world with innovative sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of a growing global population and sustained growth in living standards, which have increased the global demand for fish and meat for human consumption. With the use of Unibio’s biotechnological innovations the company is able to decouple protein production from the fluctuating and limited agricultural sector (Figure 1) and the volatile fishing industries. Thus, a change in the protein value chain occurs where proteins can be produced by the bioindustry as feed for animals, and cropland can be used to produce food for humans instead of feed for animals. Unibio’s unique bacterial fermentation technology is called U-Loop® technology and was developed in cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The U-Loop® technology is based on a process occurring in nature every day, which has been transformed into a bioindustrial setting (Figure 2). Natural gas (methane) is converted into Uniprotein® that can be used as a protein-rich, healthy and sustainable ingredient in feed for all animals. The U-Loop® technology ensures optimal growth 72 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

conditions for the bacteria by ensuring an optimal feeding environment through liquid movement, fermentation temperature and input control. The bacteria eat methane and double in number every second hour, and the liquid is transformed into a protein broth. The tailor-made technology of the U-Loop® fermenter speeds up the natural process significantly as a vertical fermenter design has been developed which can handle a large volumetric gas fraction, significantly improving average production. This allows a much more energy-efficient transport of nutrients from gas phase to liquid phase at a much higher rate compared to conventional bioreactors. The special U-Loop® fermentation technology thus adds a new and sustainable protein production method to the traditional food value chain. Uniprotein® is grown by an aerobic fermentation of methane by applying four different bacteria with the methanotrophic bacterium Methylococcus capsulatus being the major one. It is a protein-rich biomass produced by the microbial culture of the four different bacteria with methane as the sole carbon and energy source. The bacterial biomass is heattreated (UHT) for a short period of time to kill the host bacteria in the fermentation process and to sterilise the product and is then spraydried into a powder or pellet product. The main nutrient content of the Uniprotein® powder product is approximately 70 percent crude protein, nine percent crude fat, nine percent ash and eight percent nitrogen-free extracts (NFE) with a dry matter content of 94 percent. Being used as a feed for animals, Uniprotein® is very comparable to the composition of premium fishmeal. Also, the amino acid composition of Uniprotein®, and especially the content of the essential amino acids, is similar to that of fishmeal, which makes it an ideal protein ingredient in feed for animals (Figure 3). In the testing of Uniprotein® as a feed for fish and livestock, it has been shown to be a suitable replacement for fishmeal and soybean meal1. Due to different requirements of different species, different inclusion levels of Uniprotein® are recommended (Table 1). In addition to the fact that Uniprotein® is a suitable replacement for fishmeal and soybean meal due to its chemical composition, it has also been shown to have some positive immune stimulatory effects in the gastrointestinal tract of salmonid species7. In salmon a bacterial protein meal content of up to 36 percent in the diet has resulted in an improved specific growth rate (22%)


Figure 1: Timeline showing the amount of arable land against the world population stating that the number of hectares per capita is decreasing with the increasing world population.

Figure 2: The unique U-Loop® technology producing the bacterial protein meal Uniprotein®.

and a significantly higher feed efficiency ratio (10%) compared to fishmeal diets. Inclusion levels of bacterial protein meal of up to 36% also showed a higher retention of nitrogen (16%) and a higher retention of energy (14%) compared to a fishmeal control diet2. These results indicate that inclusion of bacterial protein meal improves the gut health of the fish and the function of the gastrointestinal tract, thus increasing digestion and utilisation of the nutrients. The gut health improving effects of bacterial protein meal in feed for fish are also seen when bacterial protein meal is fed together with soybean meal, thereby preventing soybean-induced enteritis7. It has been shown that nucleic acids and phospholipids may be beneficial to the homeostasis of the gastrointestinal tract8,9. The crude fat of Uniprotein® consists mainly of phospholipids, which together with the nucleic acids may affect the immune reactions and improve the intestinal growth and the gastrointestinal differentiation in the digestive

tract of the fish8,9. Thus, Uniprotein® may trigger the immune response in the gastrointestinal tract of the fish and thereby prevent soybean-induced enteritis7. It is not only in fish that bacterial protein meal has been shown to have some positive effects on the immune response. In shrimp, inclusion levels of up to 100 percent bacterial protein meal with replacement of fishmeal on a one-to-one basis have also been shown to increase the survival rate from 84 percent in the control group to 93-97 percent in the group with 100 percent replacement of fishmeal with bacterial protein meal. Also, growth was improved in terms of total shrimp weight in all bacterial protein meal diet groups, showing equivalent to or improved growth compared to the control diet group10. Other monogastric animals such as pigs, broilers, mink and dogs have also shown some positive responses in relation to health and digestion when fed with bacterial protein meal. Inclusion levels of

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Figure 3: The bacterial protein meal, Uniprotein®, compared with premium fishmeal and soybean meal.

• Uniprotein® is an important and valuable protein source that can be used in feed for fish and animals with high benefits. • Inclusion of Uniprotein® in the feed leads to increased digestion and utilisation of the nutrients for both fish and monogastric animals. • Bacterial protein meal stimulates the immune response, prevents fish from suffering from enteritis and increases the survival rate for shrimp. • Uniprotein® can provide savings on feed quantities through for instance an increase in the specific growth rate and the feed efficiency ratio, due to its gut health improving factors. • The production of Uniprotein® is a naturally occurring process, and Uniprotein® contains neither antibiotics nor pesticide residues • The process remains non-GMO.


1. Øverland, M., Tauson, A.-H., Shearer, K. & Skrede, A. Evaluation of methane-utilising bacteria products as feed ingredients for monogastric animals. Arch. Anim. Nutr. 64, 171–189 (2010). 2. Aas, T. S., Grisdale-Helland, B., Terjesen, B. F. & Helland, S. J. Improved growth and nutrient utilisation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) fed diets containing a bacterial protein meal. Aquaculture 259, 365–376 (2006). 3. Hellwing, A. L. F., Tauson, A.-H., Kjos, N. P. Figure 4: Illustration of the environmentally friendly production of the bacterial protein meal & Skrede, A. Bacterial protein meal in diets Uniprotein®. for growing pigs: effects on protein and energy metabolism. animal 1, 45 (2007). 4. Øverland, M., Skrede, A. & Matre, T. Bacterial Protein 12 percent for weaned piglets have resulted in increased average Grown on Natural Gas as Feed for Pigs. Acta Agric. Scand. daily gain (up to 33%) and average daily feed intake (15%) 11. Sect. A - Anim. Sci. 51, 97–106 (2001). In growing pigs, inclusion levels of up to 15 percent match the 5. Hellwing, A. L. F., Tauson, A.-H., Ahlstrøm, Ø. & Skrede, nitrogen retention rate seen in cereal- and soybean meal-based A. Nitrogen and energy balance in growing mink (Mustela diets, and the overall protein and energy metabolism in growing vison) fed different levels of bacterial protein meal produced pigs is not affected when up to 15 percent bacterial protein with natural gas. Arch Anim Nutr. 59, 335–352 (2005). meal is incorporated in the feed3. For broilers, up to 12 percent 6. Skrede, A. & Ahlstrøm, Ø. Bacterial protein produced bacterial protein meal in the feed improves feed efficiency by six on natural gas: a new potential feed ingredient for dogs percent, while mink and dogs can be fed with an inclusion level evaluated using the blue fox as a model. J. Nutr. 132, 1668S– of eight percent and 12 percent, respectively, and have an equally 9S (2002). high digestibility rate, average daily gain and growth response 7. Romarheim, O. H., Overland, M., Mydland, L. T., Skrede, compared to a fishmeal control diet5,6. A. & Landsverk, T. Bacteria Grown on Natural Gas Prevent Despite the positive effects on the animals’ health and Soybean Meal-Induced Enteritis in Atlantic Salmon. J. Nutr. improved digestion, Uniprotein® is also a very sustainable 141, 124–130 (2011). protein nutrient source because of its ability to grow rapidly 8. Li, P. & Gatlin, D. M. Nucleotide nutrition in fish: Current on substrates with minimum dependence on soil, water and knowledge and future applications. Aquaculture 251, climate1. Unibio’s game-changing green technology thus 141–152 (2006). really makes a difference for the future and is the most optimal 9. Sturm, A. & Dignass, A. U. Modulation of gastrointestinal production form in terms of environmental and sustainable wound repair and inflammation by phospholipids. Biochim. aspects with respect to land use and water footprint (Figure Biophys. Acta 1582, 282–8 (2002). 4). The fermentation technology itself constitutes a financially 10. Fletcher, R. Shrimp thrive on fishmeal replacement. (2017). solid business model with significant growth in predicable 11. Øverland, M., Skrede, A. & Matre, T. Bacterial Protein and recurring revenue with a high security of supply and no Grown on Natural Gas as Feed for Pigs. Acta Agric. Scand. commercial volatility in terms of quantities available and sales Sect. A - Anim. Sci. 51, 97–106 (2001). prices. 74 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain


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WHY CRACKING IS BETTER THAN GRINDING Whilst at VIV Europe 2018, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Milling and Grain spoke to Ben Janssen Bouwmeester a supplier of new technology including the “MULTICRACKER”, originally designed by Makoba and produced in Germany. Makoba offer resource-saving solutions for the comminution of bulk materials in animal feed, food and chemical industries and for comparable applications. They reference the following product and research by saying, “At the heart of our offering are the patented MULTICRACKER mills, which are used in a variety of different applications.”


nergy saving is becoming more important and we are determined to ensure our contributions continue to deliver. During this development we focus on efficiency and cost reduction – we have the proof that this has succeeded! We can say with certainty, that the MULTICRACKER, thanks to the patented crack writing, the most efficient crusher is there, it exists. The MULTICRACKER reduces your size products with a minimum energy consumption. Grinding raw materials has long been a traditional way of processing grains, oilseeds and legumes, but now a Dutch company is introducing an innovative new machine that “cracks” these and other raw materials. There are many advantages to the new technology, beginning with a large reduction in energy costs.

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The MULTICRACKER is a compact machine with which products can be reduced. In this process, the initial product is cracked (broken) instead of ground. The machine’s housing contains an intersecting series of patented crack discs that crack

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by Ben Janssen Bouwmeester, Directeur, Velp (N. Br), Netherlands the product under high speed to the desired size. The rows of intersecting disks within the MULTICRACKER perform a shearing action that is similar to the effect of a pair of scissors. Thanks to this innovative cutting process and the optimum cutting geometry, the product can process material quickly and precisely reduce them to a pre-set size. One major characteristic is the unit’s energy efficiency. It achieves an extraordinarily high throughput while offering low power consumption so that operating costs remain low.

Why crack (break) instead of grinding?

By cracking the product, a uniform size is achieved. In the case of animal feed, this has a positive effect on the digestion of the animal. Another advantage: due to the rapid transit of raw materials through the machine, no heating of the product occurs. This results in minimal moisture loss and the end product retains its nutritional value.

Additional advantages

• Multifunctional use; • Efficient processing of valuable raw materials; • Homogeneous structure of finished product; • Processes both dry, oily and moist products; • No heating of product; • Simple and accurate operation; • Energy-saving; • Compact and lightweight construction; • Maintenance-friendly; • Long lifespan.


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s a business it is naturally important to always look out for smarter ways of doing things, and by digitalising processes the advantages of adding new technology can be overwhelming. Being able to properly view and handle the small grains will inevitably mean increased quality and productivity, vouching for more and better analysis and work processes. A digital microscope can be a valuable tool to create these digitalised changes. And with the introduction of the new generation of digital systems, you get the ability to regularly update the microscope with new features to fit with future needs. This means the end of investing in expensive equipment which is updated the next day and replacing it with agile technology that has the ability to adapt the technology of tomorrow. Also, the digital microscope combines the product quality of a traditional and often expensive optical microscope with the affordability and user-friendliness of cheaper alternative solutions.

A new perspective on grain analysis

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digital solutions such as the new digital microscope called Trend from Tagarno. The digital microscope provides you with a magnified and digital live view of your grain sample on a monitor. The tangible return of using this kind of equipment as a part of your analysis work is the ability to perform a higher number of analyses and create a better and well documented result not to mention time saved in the process. This is partly due to the improved collaboration to ensure the quality and quickly generate high quality documentation as well as frequently updating the microscope to fit with your current and future needs.

Why is it important to document your work?

Laboratories often need to provide documentation to customers. It is important that it is simple and quick for the operator to capture images and also that the quality of the images is high. With digital microscopes you are able to effortlessly create, save and share sharp images to use as documentation. Capturing images requires only a single click and you will have the documentation of the purity of your grain samples readily at hand to share with your customers, co-workers, other departments and your supply chain. Multi-viewer advantages allow more than one person to view the magnified object at the same time. These are ideal conditions for sparring between operators, training of new operators and for supervision sessions. Enhanced dialogue and cooperation bring new and dynamic ways of working and performing quality control. The magnification capabilities, updatable interface and the fact that the images can be easily saved and shared, make the digital microscope a very attractive solution for a wide range of industries including the milling industry, particularly with different identification tasks, such as whenever foreign varieties are discovered in a sample, you can easily identify exactly what type it is when zooming in, or rapidly identify mites or fungus in your seed sample.



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Solving maintenance problems


Bühler has just recently installed its 100th ProPlant system at Harinas de Mallorca S.A. in Palma de Mallorca.

p until just a few months ago, the maintenance work at the Harinas de Mallorca plant on Cami San Carles in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic island, was done according to specifications in the index card file. Maintenance of the plant itself took place according to the ‘break-down maintenance’ principle. In other words, parts hat to break first before they were replaced by the operations in-house mechanic. Looking back, CEO Guillermo Munar says, “We were able to squeeze the last bit of use from some of the parts. But we also had to accept collateral damage and long, and often unscheduled, downtimes.” In retrospect, Mr Munar believes it was a generally unsatisfactory situation.

plant, maintenance was done according to the ‘break-down’ principle. But management was aware of the risks they were taking by doing so and that the upkeep of a new plant following the ‘break-down’ principle of maintenance was not sustainable. “The controls of our new plant happened using the Bühler WinCos system,” Mr Munar revealed. “The installation of WinCos was our opportunity to expand the entire maintenance and upkeep of our plant with Bühler’s ProPlant system. A new period of time calculation thus began at Harinas de Mallorca in terms of maintenance.” Before the new servicing software could be bought, the executive board needed to be won over. Guillermo Munar, “We were able to demonstrate that ProPlant is used daily, would be of great assistance in terms of maintenance planning for the plant, and would also help us save costs. We were able to convince the company management with these arguments.”

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The ProPlant system installed at Harinas de Mallorca was set up ready-to-operate at Bühler’s headquarters in Switzerland.

F All relevant data, jobs, replacement part lists, and the operating manuals for all plant components at Harinas de Mallorca were loaded onto the mini server (ProPlant Cube) by Bühler specialists and then the software was programmed according to specifications by the Harinas management. ProPlant was ready for installation and commissioning. On site at the Harinas plant on Mallorca, it took just a couple of hours because everything had already been set up. By summer 2017, after intensive employee training, the system was ready to handle planning of all maintenance tasks at Harinas de Mallorca.

“All in one”

All maintenance and service work are integrated in the ProPlant system according to customer specifications at Harinas de Mallorca. In addition, ProPlant includes a warehouse management system for the most important and critical replacement and wear parts. The WinCos interface was also important in the decision to install ProPlant because it allows the maintenance work to be triggered by the actual hours of operation instead of predefined calendar intervals. Harinas de Mallorca has been depending on ProPlant for its maintenance planning and monitoring since summer 2017. “Our expectations have been exceeded,” says Toni Munar, who is in charge of both the WinCos and ProPlant systems at Harinas, summarising the plant’s experiences over the first months. “We save a lot of time and money with ProPlant because malfunctions which could lead to equipment damage are prevented.” At Harinas de Mallorca, ProPlant is being used for additional

“We can only praise ProPlant. It helps in maintenance and saves money and time in upkeep. Whoever decides to use WinCos for their plant control should definitely install the ProPlant system at the same time,” - Guillermo Munar, CEO of Harinas de Mallorca tasks as well, such as for scheduling building cleaning or checking the updating of certificates, etc. Guillermo Munar, “It came as a positive surprise that we could use the program for this as well.

Planning work approved

The operators at Harinas de Mallorca are also enthusiastic about ProPlant because of it’s simplicity and operator convenience. “ProPlant sets up a schedule for completing all tasks and work that need to be taken care of,” explains Toni Munar. “That relieves us of a lot of scheduling work. The responsible employees only need to focus on their work of the day. And if a task can’t be done or finished for whatever reason, the program sends a reminder until the job has been completed and reported.”

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F In the event of some intervention in the workflow or unanticipated incident, ProPlant records this and archives the case. Toni Munar, “If the same problem reoccurs, it can be quickly identified. And we know immediately what to do, even if the employee originally involved in the incident is no longer with the company.”


ProPlant also has many other available functions which can be gradually developed by building additional tasks into the system, as Guillermo and Toni Munar have determined. Munar is convinced, “Once ProPlant has been operating for a full year and all tasks have been executed at least once and the annual cycle played through, our operation maintenance will be running optimally.” By the way - It is also an advantage for external plant audits that the maintenance can be performed based on a computer system. The auditors can trust the efficiency of the computer, and traceability can be ensured with just a few mouse clicks.

Harineras de Mallorca

There were 10 small flour mills on the Balearic island of Mallorca in 1970. But in 1980, the authorities ordered them to

join together to form Harinas de Mallorca. Today, Harinas de Mallorca is a 3150 tonne silo system with connecting flour mixing plant. Harinas de Mallorca primarily meets demand on the Balearic island itself, with its own line of flour mixing and sale of flour. Don Antonio Fontanet was with the Harinas de Mallorca ‘adventure’ from the beginning. Today, Harinas de Mallorca is part of the Productos Fonanet S.L.U. Group, which also sells coffee, meat and feed in addition to the flour and offers transport services.

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Engineered products set the gold standard for silo cleaning


by Mole•Master, Ohio, United States ole•Master Services Corporation has set the gold standard for silo cleaning for over three decades. The driving force behind these products has been to create tools so that silos can be cleaned effectively and efficiently but without the dangerous addition of human entry. While the initial equipment engineered, including the proprietary Big•Mole System, set the quality standard for the silo cleaning industry, the company continues to bring innovation to the field with product enhancements. Whether the decision is to buy your own equipment, rent the equipment, or hire Mole•Master to complete the silo cleaning for you, rest assured that using Mole•Master equipment is the safest and best way to start. There are three categories of equipment that Mole•Master manufactures. The first is a whip machine product, engineered in two different iterations. The second is a portable rock drill type product, and the final category is similar to Cardox blasting. Further details about these three categories of products appear below.

The Junior 360º Whip Machine

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The Arch•Master Portable Auger System can work independently or it can work in combination with the Junior 360º. It was designed to create flow channels (up to 150 feet or 48 meters deep) in arched or bridged material.

the equipment remain the same. The fully adjustable boom and crane-bearing mount allows the unit to provide 100 percent (360º) coverage of the vessel’s interior walls from the initial set-up position. The modular design of the unit allows it to be placed in virtually any vessel, regardless of what that vessel’s size or shape may be. The two different models of the Junior 360º are the JR360H Hydraulic Unit and the JR360P Pneumatic unit. The JR360H features a hydraulically-actuated cutting head that is significantly smaller than any head on the market. The small size of the head (5” in diameter) enables the Junior to fit into extremely small flow channels or ratholes without losing any power or cleaning capacity. A smaller diameter cutting head lessens time to enlarge the flow channel. The JR360P is ideal for jobs where a water source is not readily available or where the material inside the silo would be compromised by the addition of water. The JR360P features a pneumatically-actuated cutting head. Hydraulic assistance is available for ease of use. The JR360P is ideal for applications where contamination of the material might be an issue. Both the JR360H and JR360P feature a lightweight aluminum construction, positive mounting to the vessel opening for safe operation, a hose reel that is independent from the boom assembly, and interchangeable blades, flails, or chain cutters engineered to safely remove a wide variety of materials. Regardless of which model you choose, the Junior 360º will help eliminate any blockages in your grain silo or grain bin in the most safe, effective, and efficient manner possible.

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Mole•Master manufactures two different models of the Junior 360º Whip Machine, but the basic characteristics of the equipment remain the same. The fully adjustable boom and crane-bearing mount allows the unit to provide 100% (360º) coverage of the vessel’s interior walls from the initial set-up position. The modular design of the unit allows it to be placed in virtually any vessel, regardless of what that vessel’s size or shape may be.

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The Arch•Master Portable Auger System

Safe-T-Shot is particularly suited for the toughest of build-ups. The CO2 blasting system will not damage the silo walls, nor will it contaminate the material. The most important benefit of Safe-T-Shot is that it can loosen a very specific compaction of material. Single electrically ignited cartridge can save hours of manpower by loosening up a blockage immediately.

The Arch•Master Portable Auger System can work independently or it can work in combination with the Junior 360º. It was designed to create flow channels (up to 150 feet or 48 meters deep) in arched or bridged material. It is alsi perfect for low- to mid-level degree of difficulty jobs, and it is safe and easy to use if you choose to purchase or rent the equipment. It features a high-torque, variable speed power head for rapidly drilling hard, compacted material. The overall height of 7’7” (2.3m) will accommodate low head-room clearance. The standard drilling depth of 150’ (46m) is made possible by heavy-duty 3” (7.6cm) augers, specialty bits, and a special duty hydraulic motor ideal for variable speed drilling. The Arch•Master is fast and powerful, but like the Junior 360º, its construction is lightweight aluminum, so it is easy to set up and easily portable. Using it will keep workers safe and silos cleared of blockages.

Safe-T-Shot CO2 Blasting System

The Safe-T-Shot is the newest of Mole•Master’s silo cleaning systems, but Mole•Master has used CO2 blasting equipment for decades. That knowledge and expertise is behind the Safe-T-Shot product. Safe-T-Shot is particularly suited for the toughest of build-ups.

The CO2 blasting system will not damage the silo walls, nor will it contaminate the material. The most important benefit of Safe-TShot is that it can loosen a very specific compaction of material. Single electrically ignited cartridge can save hours of manpower by loosening up a blockage immediately. Like the Junior 360º and the Arch•Master, Safe-T-Shot can be purchased or Mole•Master can be contacted to complete the work. Mole•Master will also test your existing blasting system, and can recertify your current equipment. Whether the decision is to utilise the silo cleaning services or whether purchasing/renting the equipment is the best option, they have proven that the Junior 360º, the Arch•Master, and Safe-TShot truly work. If you wish to utilise the gold standard of silo cleaning equipment, Mole•Master Services Corporation is the answer.

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Store grain adequately or lose profit by Dr Heike Knoerzer, Head of Knowledge Management, Petkus, Germany ithout engineering experience and expertise, silos are only bent sheet. Engineering is the key when transforming grain terminals into perpetual motion microcosms. According to official estimates, about one third of the grain produced for food purposes is lost during postharvest processes such as storing, drying, cleaning or milling. This corresponds to approximately 1.3 billion tonnes with a value of US$1 trillion per year, as Deepak Kumar and Prasanta Kalita summarised in their report in the “Foods” magazine 6 (1) 2017.

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Inappropriate storage contributes considerable to these losses. In addition, not only grain is lost, but also return on investment diminishes when the scope of investment is short-sighted planned and engineered, neglecting subsequent costs of a plant. “The scope is the project engineering and not the single components”, says Luca Celeghini, CEO of PETKUS Engineering GmbH. “It includes evaluation of the soil conditions and the possible load capacity and thus, issues with regard to foundation; it also includes seismic area evaluation and calculation as well as layout and design optimisation. Proper understanding of customer needs leads to choosing the appropriate components and technologies which best fits their requirements.” Therefore, the PETKUS Group has a silo solution claim. “This claim in combination with elaborate customer approaches turn simple technology into charming offers”, says Celeghini. Is a grain terminal more than silos, conveyors and cleaners? Indeed, it is a network of know-how, precision engineering, customised design and high-quality technology. A fact that has been clearly recognised by leading food processing companies which take special care on grain quality and food safety. That is one of the reasons, the Spanish silo systems’ manufacturer Simeza, a member of the PETKUS Group, has established itself as a reliable partner in the international food processing market. To connect the grain storage division


with the commodity grain processing plant is not like a plug and a socket. There is no DIN norm for smooth transfer unless the experience of the engineers know the tricky details. Some companies tend to choose an all-in-one-hand provider for their commodity grain processing plant. But both divisions, storage and processing, have different premises. The question is whether you pick the cherries or you pick a cherry and a withered sour cherry – to go for two expert providers or a one-hand provider? The cherry for silo plants is Simeza. The company offers a combination of professional engineering and product quality. Several large international projects in the area of commodity grain processing were done recently, showing the increasing trust of millers or brewers. Bakexs Millers Ltd., a leader in flour milling in East Africa and based in Kenya, expanded its silo plant for wheat in large scale with SIMEZA. Five flat bottom silos

with a total storage capacity of app. 18,000 t with a volume of 23,000 m³ and an intake capacity of 80 t/h were built including all necessary accessories. Whereas the storage facility was entirely designed, engineered, delivered and commissioned by Simeza, the mill plant itself was done by a large Swiss milling technology company. In addition, La Zaragozana S.A., a leader for brewery plants in West Europe and based in Spain, has awarded the expansion of a storage silo plant for malt, broken corn and rice in a design of growth which sees qualified supplier for other parts of the plant. 10 galvanised corrugated hopper silos with app. 3,400 t storage capacity and a volume of 5,000 m³ were built. The complexity of storing different products, loading and unloading logistics as well as preserving and retracing product quality has to be well understood and thus, engineered by the experts.

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with our detailed knowledge of label and shipping regulations. They offer: • Best practice recommendations based on our international trade expertise • Advice on regulatory requirement details for your products • Assistance in getting products registered in the United States and abroad • Support for procuring export permits, Certificates of Free Sale and International Trade Certificates

ternMaid America is a Chicago-area contract manufacturer. At their ultramodern Illinois plant they offer ingredients expertise, advanced toll blending, flexible packing, warehousing and shipping for powdered foods and supplements. They’re certified to manufacture Organic, NonGMO, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher and Halal foods and supplements. Clients of Sternmaid America benefit from their connection to the Stern-Technology Center near Hamburg, Germany. Developed as a food innovation incubator, the 6,500 square foot center is fitted with modern laboratories and the latest equipment to enhance new product research and support contract manufacturing. SternMaid America’s Illinois plant is one of the most modern of its kind. They’re nimble enough to meet tight timelines, with the highest quality standards: • Brand new 30,000sf facility (400,000sf expansion space) • Pharma Grade Quality / Hygiene Standards • Part of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe based in Germany • Group turnover $464 Mio. in 2016 • 1300+ employees worldwide

Today’s safety requirements in the food and supplement industry are stricter than ever, and for good reason. Quality is what matters most to your consumers. We know that our reputation and yours is based on 100 percent compliance. At SternMaid America, they blend, pack and store your powdered products to pharmaceutical grade quality and hygiene standards.

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• Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) certified by NSF International • FDA registered for food additives and dietary food supplements

Industry Profile • FSSC 22000 certification by LRQA (fully GFSI recognised / equal to SQF Level 3) • Operating under a tightly-managed Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system • Certified Organic for processing and packaging by Quality Assurance International (QAI) • Certified to process and package Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher and Halal on a product-by-product basis With premium analytical equipment and professional quality management, they test and control every step of the way. You benefit from unbroken documentation, complete traceability of ingredients, and peace of mind.

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SternMaid America, based in Aurora, Illinois, and SternMaid in Germany are members of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, one of the world’s most successful companies in the field of food and feed ingredients. Since its establishment in 1996, SternMaid Germany has taken its place among Europe’s leading contract manufacturers. With its US location, the group is continuing the SternMaid success story. The Aurora plant is one of the most modern of its kind and offers comprehensive, customised contract manufacturing services in the compounding and co-packing of powdered substances. The 30,000 sq ft facility has a blending capacity of about 4,000 tonnes annually.

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Bulk bag filler boosts packing output with reduced labour Thomas Fawcett & Sons Ltd of Castleford, West Yorkshire, UK, required a more efficient system to pack pale ale malt into 350 kg (772 lb.) to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb.) bulk bags, sold across the UK and internationally.


ost of the company’s malt was previously supplied in 25 tonne (27.5 ton) bulk lorry loads and 25 kg (55 lb.) sacks. When the company first supplied malt in bulk bags, members of the malting staff transferred batches of malt from pre-weighed 50 kg (110 lb.) sacks into bulk bags by wheeling the sacks on a sack truck on the upper floor and tipping them into a bulk bag held on a fork lift truck on the floor below. This was a three-person job: one filling sacks, one tipping sacks, and one operating the forklift truck.

Bulk bag filling no longer labour intensive

Installation of a Flexicon TWIN-CENTERPOST Bulk Bag Filler and flexible screw conveyor in the packing room area has created a more flexible packing operation and saved operators from double handling of the malt. Brian Hickman, Thomas Fawcett & Sons, Malting Manager, says “By installing the bulk bag filler, we save between six to eight hours of operator time each week.”

Flexible screw conveyor transports malt to bulk bag filler

A bulk storage silo was fitted with a charging adapter for connection to a Flexicon horizontally-oriented flexible screw conveyor 7.5 m (25 ft.) long and 168 mm (6.6 in.) in diameter. From the conveyor’s discharge housing, malt flows through down spouting to the bulk bag filler inlet.

How bulk bags are now filled

The bulk bag filler is equipped with an adjustable fill head that can be raised or lowered to suit all popular bag heights and secured in place with two quick-release pins. An oversized filling spout accommodates open-top bulk bags. Mounted on load cells, the unit can weigh-fill 350 to 1,000 kg (772 to 2,205 lb.) of malt into bulk bags. To fill a bag, the operator positions a 1200 x 1000 mm (47 x 39 in.) pallet on the filler deck and attaches the bag loops to each of four retractable bag hooks on the fill head. 92 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain


The operator secures the bag inlet to the downspouting. The system’s PLC runs the flexible screw conveyor at a high feed rate, reducing the feed rate to trickle before stopping the conveyor when the accurate target weight has been loaded into the bag. The bag and pallet are removed by pallet jack. “Individual customer orders are typically 24 one-tonne bulk bags of malt,” says Brian Hickman.

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“The system works well, and we are pleased with the reliable operation it provides to our malting facility,” says Brian Hickman, adding, “The Bulk Bag Filler and flexible

screw conveyor operate separately from our 25 kg (55 lb.) sack filling system, providing another advantage as we can now do both operations simultaneously, saving time and increasing production. We fill the bulk malt outload silo in the evening when the 25 kg (55 lb.) sack line is not running, and then we can pack simultaneously during the day.” Thomas Fawcett & Sons Ltd is a seventh-generation family business that has been manufacturing quality malts for over 200 years on its original site in Castleford, West Yorkshire. The company supports and assists brewers of all traditions and sizes and its customers range from multi-national brewers to the latest start-up microbreweries.

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International Grains Council: Grain Market Report

Intro Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, Production Editor, Milling and Grain The following is a report from the IGC regarding the latest commodity figures for the international grain market report. Over the course of the year, Milling and Grain will report on a number of talks given at the recent IGC 2018 conference held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London between June 20-22, 2018.

Reflecting a downgrade for maize in Brazil, the forecast for total grains (wheat and coarse grains) production in 2017/2018 is trimmed m/m (month on month) and with consumption raised, the figure for carryover stocks is cut by 4 m t, to 598m, a contraction of 19m y/y (year-on-year). With m/m increases for wheat and maize, the estimate for trade is boosted by 2m t. The total grains supply and demand outlook for 2018/19 has tightened since the last GMR. A 12m t cut for world grains production is centred on Russia and the EU, where adverse weather has harmed prospects for wheat, maize and barley. Although global consumption is reduced, projected carryover stocks are down by 12m t m/m, with the y/y decline now seen at 54m, including a drop of 34m in the major exporters. A fractional upward revision to world soya bean output in 2017/2018 leads to an increased figure for carryovers. However, at 40m t, this still equates to an annual fall of 16 percent. Reflecting upgrades for the USA and Brazil, the 2018/19 global outturn is lifted slightly to a record of 358m t, a 21 y/y rise. Together with larger carry-ins, the net increase in supplies is absorbed by higher projections for uptake and inventories, the latter potentially edging up to 41m t. Despite an uncertain backdrop, the outlook for trade is maintained at a peak of 156m t. Rice supply and demand forecasts for 2017/18 are little-changed from before, with trade in 2018 seen at a peak on firm demand from Asia. Including an upward revision for Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main crop, the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2018/19 global production outlook is raised slightly, to a new high of 491m t, up by 3m y/y. The m/m increase in availabilities is channelled to consumption, leaving aggregate end-season inventories broadly unchanged, at a five-year low of 121m t. The IGC Grains and Oilseeds Index (GOI) slumped by nine percent m/m, with the biggest declines for wheat, maize and soya beans, in part linked to global trade tensions. Overview Bigger harvests of maize and sorghum in 2018/19, are seen only partly offsetting smaller wheat and barley crops, with total grains production down y/y. Amid reduced supply and growing

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consumption, grains stocks are expected to shrink in 2018/19. A sixth successive record is predicted for grains trade in the coming year. Global soya bean trade is anticipated to advance to a fresh record in 2018/19, although there might be a shift in the pattern of flows. Rice output may rise to a new peak in 2018/19 on larger crops in key exporters, more than offsetting a fall in China. Trade to remain high in 2019, as India remains the dominant supplier. Mainly because of a smaller maize crop, global total grains (wheat and coarse grains) production in 2017/18 was two percent below the record of the year before. With consumption at a new

high, world stocks will be drawn down for the first time in five years. Led by the ninth consecutive growth in maize shipments, global grains trade is seen at a record high. Total grains production in 2018/19 is expected to be a threeyear low, as bigger outturns of maize and sorghum only partially compensate for poorer wheat and barley crops. Although total supply will be smaller, consumption is seen reaching a third successive record, with the largest gains for food and industrial uses. Given solid demand, another year of grains stock depletion is envisaged, with maize (-44m t) accounting for most of the projected 54m decline. The contraction for maize includes a reduction of 23m in China and 15m in the USA, but Argentina,

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Brazil, the EU and South Africa could see inventories tighten too. The drop-in wheat stocks are relatively small (-6m t), but would be the first cut in six years and will be concentrated in the major exporters. Trade in grains is seen posting another expansion to a new all-time high. While many producers achieved record in 2017/18, world soya bean output is still likely to contract by three percent y/y, to 337m t, tied to a heavily reduced outturn in Argentina. As consumption expands for the sixth successive year, carryovers are expected to drop sharply, with major exportersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inventories seen 14 percent lower as accumulation in the USA is outweighed by a plunge in Argentina. Global production is projected to rebound in 2018/19, although much depends on South American harvest, while aggregate stocks could edge up on gains in major exporters. World trade should advance to a fresh peak in 2018/19 on increasing uptake of soya bean products, especially within Asia. However, given underlying uncertainties, there might be a marked shift in the pattern of shipment flows. In any event, Brazil will likely maintain its position as the dominant supplier to world markets, while US exports may recover to a new high. Global rice production in 2017/18 is seen matching the prior yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peak of 488m t as bigger crops in India, Thailand and China contrast with declines in Vietnam, the USA and elsewhere. With uptake unchanged y/y, stocks are set to rise as nominal accumulation in China more than compensates for declines in exporters, principally Thailand. Tentatively assuming continued farmer support encourages acreage gains, coupled with normal growing conditions, 2018/19 output in placed at a record 491m t, up by 3m y/y. Linked to official efforts to rebalance supply and demand, production in China is likely to contract but should be offset by bigger crops in exporters. Consumption is expected to rise on population growth, while ending stocks may retreat slightly on a fall in China. Trade is predicted to stay high on demand from Africa, with India the biggest supplier for the eighth consecutive year. Market summary Led by sharp declines in maize, soya beans and wheat, the IGC GOI plunged by nine percent since the May GMR, to a more than five-month low. While fundamental developments contributed to losses at times, including broadly favourable rowcrop conditions in the USA, much of the downside was associated with uncertainty about deepening trade tensions across the world, including between the USA and China.

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GrainTech India he GrainTech INDIA 2018, ninth edition of the largest international exhibition on grains, grain-based products, Pulses, Spices, and products of milling industry and technologies related to Milling Machinery, Storage, Processing, Packaging, and allied industries is being held at BIEC, Bangalore, during August 31 – September 2, 2018. The event will have concurrent shows - tenth India Foodex 2018, eighth DairyTech India, fifth MeatTech Asia and third SnackBev India 2018 to encompass a holistic view of the food sector. GrainTech India 2018 along with its series of co-event is duly supported by Government bodies and prominent food industry Associations. To name a few, these include Spices Board India, Indian Oilseed and Produce Export Promotion Council (IOPEPC), The Compound Feed Manufacturers Association of India (CLFMA), The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, All India Food Processors’ Association, Coffee Board, Roller Flour Mills Federation of India, The Soybean Processors’ Association of India, All India Rice Exporters’ Association and Indian Biscuits Manufacturers’ Association. Production and consumption of grains in India Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of largely agrarian India and more than half of the country’s population is associated with agriculture and its allied sector. As the second largest producer of rice and wheat and largest producer of millets, India is referred to as the food factory of the world. The overall food grains (rice, wheat, coarse grains, pulses etc) production in the country during 2016-17 was estimated at 275.68 million tonnes. The production of spices is around six million tones. Over and above, eight million tonnes of groundnut are also produced in the country annually. Estimated at a per capital consumption of 15 kg per person annually, the consumption of food grains in India is around

135 million tonnes. India is also a net exporter of food grains and also maintains a buffer stock of food grains for the food security of the country. The Government of India has consistently taken steps and initiatives through its various schemes and programs to boost the production of food grains and it is anticipated that by 2050 India will be producing 380 million tonnes. The thrust of the Government is ensuring water conservation and more crops per drop and also to save food wastages so that more food is available for consumption given the constraints on land and water resources. The ninth grainTech INDIA 2018 event will provide a common platform for the grain, grain and feed milling and ancillary industry segments not only displaying their product range but also an exposure and familiarisation with the latest trend in modern technological advancements in regard to machinery equipment, accessories etc, which will go a long in pacing up the modernisation and automation of the units in India. To summarise, the ninth grainTech INDIA 2018 is a unique congregation of all segments of supply and value chain for grains and grain milling sectors.

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PIX AMC Industry events


by Peter Parker, Milling and Grain, New Zealand


The sunny weather could not have been better as the Australiasian milling industry came together on the Australia’s Gold Coast for ‘Poultry Information Exchange’ (PIX) and the ‘Australasian Milling Conference’ (AMC) 2018 from June 3-5, 2018 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. MC is the prime event for the flour and feed industries of the region, for many years it has been held alongside PIX. PIX AMC 2018 has so much packed into just three days, but our report will cover the milling side of the show specifically. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world-class venue in the heart of Broadbeach, on the East Coast of Australia. With a stunning beach and a plethora of entertainment options within walking distance, it is understandable why so many attendees say they always enjoy the show as it feels like a vacation as well as an opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry. AMC is the leading conference for feed and flour millers held biennially in Australia. This was the 15th edition of the conference and drew delegates from Australia, New Zealand and

countries in the South Pacific, South East Asia and further afield. The AMC is a great opportunity for members of our industry to exchange information and network via technical presentations, social events and the trade show. At this show there were over 350 delegates from flour and feed milling companies as well as many service providers. A highlight of the conference was the trade display area which is the industry’s largest and most extensive. Made up over 200 booths, exhibitors were open to engaging with attendees about their technologies and solutions, many of which had their equipment on display. AMC 2018 is a major initiative of Australian Technical Millers’ Association (ATMA), Feed Ingredients and Additives Association of Australia (FIAAA) and Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia (SFMCA). Each of which is made up of passionate representatives in both paid and voluntary positions who are doing amazing things for their membership and the wider industry.

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‘Supply Chain Opportunities – Farmers to Consumers’ was the theme of this year’s conference, which was reflected in the presentations given both Monday and Tuesday. The AMC technical program consisted of a feed and a flour stream run concurrently. Monday’s sessions were dedicated entirely to the supply chain which covered opportunities, components and meeting supply chain demand. Presentations covered the opportunities and challenges of the supply chain on a global scale and more locally, providing attendees with a broad understanding. The International Feed Industry Federation’s Alexandra de Athayde from Germany gave a perspective on the global feed industry. In the flour stream Elmar Nau from Interflour Group, Singapore 102 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

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Industry events gave a detailed overview of the supply chain in SEA and the varying demand for differing quantities and types of flour in SEA nations, detailing how a country’s economic climate can influence the design of mills due to factors such as labour costs. Mr Nau also detailed how the demand for wheat products increases significantly as their staple foods shift from rice to wheat products. Tuesday saw a combined session on milling innovation which covered a wide range of topics from energy efficiency in the mill to new innovations in mill design; worker safety to pest control; and of course, the crucial topic of grain supply. Professor Ross Kingwell of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) gave a presentation on the costs and issues associated with grain supply chains in Australia.

The next generation of millers

PIX AMC brings together many of the feed and flour industries most senior figures and representatives from both associations and companies, I was fortunate enough to speak with many of them. I made a point to ask everyone what they considered to be the biggest challenge for milling industry in our region. There seemed to be unanimous agreement that finding quality people who are committed to the industry is the most pressing issue. As many of the great contributors to milling consider retirement, we need a committed new

Satake Australia Kenji Yamashita, President, Satake Australia Satake Australia is responsible for Satake Corporation’s Group activities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The company has been operational in Australia since Satake purchased the British company ‘Robinson Milling Systems’ in 1992. The company was originally registered in 1922 and this is demonstrated in the company’s ACN number opening with many zeros. Robinson Milling Systems having been formed from the amalgamation of Henry Simon & Thomas Robinson companies several years prior to the Satake purchase. Both Henry Simon and Thomas Robinson were one-hundred-year-old engineering companies and industry leaders. Australian customers know Henry Simon well, many of which still have Henry Simon mills. Given its reputation, people have been excited to hear about the rebirth of the Henry Simon brand. This is my first time attending PIX/AMC, however Satake Australia has been attending for a long time, and two years ago they started exhibiting a joint booth with Alapala. Now together we share a sales plan as Henry Simon. Satake Australia have a wide variety of equipment, this allows the handling of grains, seeds and rice. We also have a subsidiary company named Deny’s Engineering who provide silos and material handling equipment. We have just secured an in-principle agreement to upgrade Laucke Flour Mills wheat mill in Victoria, Australia. This marks a great start for the rebirth of Henry Simon in the Australian market. (You can read more about this development in the Milling and Grain News features)

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generation coming in to put in the hard yards to become millers. Fortunately, there are people actively making an effort to motivate hard workers to commit to the milling career. The ATMA are doing great things to motivate training, to find out more I caught up with ATMA Executive Officer, Fiona Taylor. “There are three awards, the keenly sought after ATMA Young Achiever award, that promotes one of the up and coming youth in the industry to go on and further their career. They need to demonstrate what they have done, what advancements they have helped make, and what achievements they have made in their career,” said Ms Taylor. The recipient of the ATMA Young Achiever award receives a trip to the Australian Milling Conference held biennially on the Gold Coast. They also receive AUS$12,000 to undertake a world study tour of their choice, and thanks to Bühler they also attend a two week milling course in Switzerland. The ATMA Young Achiever award winner was announced at the Australian Milling Conference dinner and went to Jamie Andersen. Ms Taylor went on to explain, “ATMA have two new awards, the Jack Walsh Intermediate Milling Award, sponsored by the Walsh family, and the Graeme Lukey Advanced Milling Award. These awards are to help motivate students and give them an incentive to work harder towards their nabim milling studies.” Students can receive these awards by building up points when handing in assignments and are assessed on the quality of their work.

Ottevanger Hennie Pieterse, Sales Representative; and Paul Eijmberts, Area Sales Manager, Ottevanger Milling Engineers Ottevanger is a turnkey provider of feed milling technology, we start with design and building individual pieces of equipment. This includes hammer mills, mixers, all of the things you find in a typical feed mill, but we then use each of these pieces to put together a complete feed mill. We can build a feed mill from A to Z. This applies to all applications in the animal feed industry, from basic animal feeds, through to pet feeds and aquatic feeds. In this region there has been a massive growth in pet food, mainly due to the availability of novelty ingredients in Australia and New Zealand, both meat and fish by-products which go into feed. Also, there has been growth in aquatic feeds, there is massive potential. This is our third time attending PIX/AMC, so far it has been a good event. It is a good platform for us to demonstrate our capabilities. One of which is our containerised concept. We offer a modular feed mill design which is very suitable for making small plants. This is especially the case due to the health and safety aspects in Australia offering many benefits. It is a cost-saving solution as there is less steel used in the production. Also, regarding health and safety, you can assemble the feed mill tower on the ground level and then hoist it onto the previous container frame. It is a space, time, and cost saving solution which can be used for animal feed but can also be made into a combined feed mill for aquatic and pet feeds.

Bühler Andrew Joyce, Engineer, Bühler AG Australia I work as an engineer, quotation and order processing officer and provide customer support for Bühler Australia. This show seems to be quite similar when compared to my first attendance two years ago. I have made some great contacts so far and it is also good to see familiar faces. In terms of our stand, today we have our single stage crumbler on display, whereas at the last show we were showcasing our large pellet mill. Our crumbler is used in many applications for feed and milling production, it can be used to crumble or crack maize, soybeans, pellets or even oilseeds – basically anything you want to put through it. It offers single stage, double stage or triple stage with varying capacities up to 40 tonnes an hour. It is very versatile and has a range of applications. Regarding Bühler’s position in the Australian industry, when I started with the company three years ago we were very focused on the milling side of the business and not penetrating the feed market as much as we are now. We have increased our focus in the feed industry over the past three years and we are already starting to penetrate the market with a number of feed projects already completed and ongoing. The future looks good for Buhler in all markets including traditional flour milling, feed milling and the brewing and malting industry.

Perten Jeff Rogers, Managing Director, Perten Australia; and Raul Ovelar, Australia Pacific Sales Manager, Perten This is our fourth time attending the event, over time we have witnessed the show growing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told that on the milling side there have been around 400 delegates which is pretty good. We have seen a mix of both flour and feed millers, with the majority being feed millers as there is a poultry focus at this show. We have been promoting two products in particular, our new dedicated flour analyser to flour millers, the Inframatic 9520; as well as the DA 7250 for feed analysis. The Australian feed market is very dependent on the weather. We are experiencing a dry year especially in NSW and Queensland and this will impact the feed industry. It can almost seem a bit counter-intuitive, but when there is a dry year in Australia and the price of commodities go up while there is scarcity, Farmers are growing less of their own feed and so they will tend to buy more feed. For the feed millers there is a spike and their prices go up, and production goes up. It is unusual, while everyone else struggles, particularly the growers, the feed millers do can have a good season. Currently in June we are in a bit of a knifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge, the window for planting crops will end in about three weeks, while there has been some rain around the country, we could always use some more.

Behn + Bates Marina Friis, Sales Engineer, Behn + Bates; and Clelio Tonelli, General Manager, Haver & Boecker Australia Behn + Bates is a part of the Haver & Boecker Company, that has a sales office here in Australia based in Perth. Whenever talking about powders that need to be filled into 10-50kg bags, or bulk bags, that is what we handle. Haver & Boecker have multiple business units, for things such as chemicals, building materials, and others. Behn + Bates is the brand within the group specifically for the food industry. This is our first time at PIX AMC. However, BEHN + BATES have attended many times previously. PIX AMC helped us generate first orders when we introduced our BEHN + BATES food packaging solutions in Australia some years ago. This time, we have made interesting contacts within the milling industry. While we are primarily here for the milling conference, there are also many potential contacts for the chemical side of the business. We are promoting standard solutions for milling; however, the company is also developing highly hygienic solutions. Some of our main machines for flour, starches and so on would use the Integra system. This is a system where we have a filling machine, conveyors, bag applicators, all of the components are integrated into a cabin which makes for a cleaner filling process.

Daniit Vaishali Kedar, Project manager; and Michael Larsen, Director of Sales, Daniit, and former CEO of Norvidan Norvidan and Daniit merged a year ago into one company, we have been attending this show for the past 15 years, going back to the time when it was just the Australian Milling Conference, prior to its collaboration with the Poultry Information exchange. This show is always a pleasure to attend, this is our first time exhibiting since the merge of Norvidan and Daniit, so one of our main goals is to really get the message across to the market that we have a new name, but the technology is the same and the engineers behind it are still there. The Norvidan side of the company has been servicing the Australian and New Zealand industries for about 35 years, back then mainly selling control optimisation for pellet mills. Around 15 years ago we restarted our presence in the market when there became a requirement for updating pallet press controllers that we had put in during the 1980s. We have been able to optimise the pellet presses quite a lot, reducing energy consumption, and also the wear parts would last significantly longer with the solution we provide. This is referred to as TOPS (total optimising pelleting system).

Grain Tech Anna Su, General Operations Manager; and Moataz Bahr, Project Engineer, Grain Tech Ltd., Grain Tech Ltd is a South Auckland, New Zealand based company that supplies machinery and solutions for the food, feed, and material handling industries of Australasia. Grain Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director, Chris Norman was the first European to deal with FAMSUN back in the early 1990s. Grain Tech Ltd has been a part of PIX AMC since it started. We have seen an increase in the number of attendees and exhibitors over the years, and the technology is improving. But also, more people approach us with an attitude that they want you to engage with them. People come to us when they want to increase their production capacity to meet the current demand in the feed industry, both for upgrades to preexisting mills and for new builds. We find it is important to attend these events to see how the industry as a whole is evolving, and it is a great opportunity to meet with all of the industry players to exchange information. We are a small industry, so while we compete, we are also friends. We attend many events, but for us PIX AMC is the event most focused to our industry.

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Industry events At the end of the year the award will go to whoever has the most points, it is important to note that this is based on effort rather than solely academic achievement. We are aiming to encourage all students to put in maximum effort towards their studies which in turn results in the best possible outcome for themselves and their employer. Ms Taylor shared some details on how these awards came to be, “The Jack Walsh Intermediate award (nabim modules 1-4) recipient earns a trip to the Gold Coast to attend the Australasian Milling Conference. Jack Walsh was a gentleman who worked

to recognise companies and individuals for their achievements and contributions with a wide range of awards. This time around a very special SFMCA lifetime membership award was presented to John Spragg, a prominent figure in the industry who will be stepping down from his official role as Executive Officer of the SFMCA in September this year. When announcing the award, SFMCA President David Bray, noted that Mr Spragg has been working in the industry since 1983 and has served for many years as the SFMCA Executive Director. “John has been very influential and has made many positive

tirelessly for the industry and was passionate about providing training opportunities for young millers. Director of ATMA Patrick Walsh saw the correlation of what ATMA was aiming to do and kindly offered to support the award on behalf of his family. The Graeme Lukey Advanced Milling Award (nabim modules 1-7) recipient earns a trip to Scotland to attend Carr’s Flour Mills in Kirkcaldy to do a week of training with them in their new state of the art mill. Graeme Lukey was the Executive Officer for ATMA for many years, is an ATMA Life Member and has worked tirelessly to put ATMA in the strong position we are in today.” These two are awarded every two years. The inaugural winner of the Jack Walsh Award went to Dean Swindells, whilst the inaugural Graeme Lukey Award went to to Martin Smit of Wholegrain Milling. ATMA co-ordinate the National Association of British and Irish Miller (nabim) studies in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and will continue to focus on the providing educational opportunities for technical millers, and reinvesting for the benefit of industry. Being an organising party to PIX/AMC is just one way we can provide opportunities for Australian Millers.

improvements. The ongoing upgrades to the FeedSafe Quality Assurance Accreditation Program, the industry training program and more recently the national consolidation restructure. “John has represented the SFMCA on numerous occasions both locally and internationally, as well as working on a number of industry projects through his company JCS Solutions,” he said. Mr Bray went on to say how fortunate the SFMCA has been to have Mr Spragg in this role, and that when he does leave they will be faced with a massive challenge to try and find a replacement for someone with so many skills, commitment and integrity.

Australian Milling Conference dinner

The AMC dinner is a fun social event where industry members are free to mingle with a pre-dinner drinks and then an open seating plan for the evening. This dinner is used as an opportunity

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An exciting future

A highlight of the entire event was the ‘black and bling’ themed conference dinner. Those in attendance for both PIX and AMC got together for an exciting evening of entertainment and great food. This time around there was an amazing contortionist performing on stage, dazzling the audience with out-of-this-world positions and movement in a skin-tight silver costume. This was followed by a fun auction for industry related artwork and a signed surfboard raising funds for charity. PIX AMC 2018 was a successful event that fully caters for networking and information exchange. The future of milling in Australasia is promising when we have so many inspiring individuals putting in the hard work and continually striving for improvement.




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Ipack-Ima forges an alliance to strengthen the supply chain


by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain rom your arrival by metro, through the efficiency of security at the entrances to the Milan’s Fiera Milano and along the fly-over passage way with moving walkways - shrouded in its dramatic glass ceiling – it’s an easy and smooth entry to the halls of this year’s Ipack-Ima, which took place from 29 May 29- June 1, 2018 at Fiera Milano in Italy. Particularly as registration and entrance to the whole of the multi-event site happened at the majority of the 17 halls that made up this year’s show. Once back down to ground level and through the turnstiles, access was gained to the whole nine, fully-air conditioned halls that made up Ipack-Ima. From this central walkway underneath the fly-over passage way, visitors could shelter from the sun while taking advantage of open-air restaurants and cafes (see our brief walk-about video at MAG TV on our milling and grain website) that linked between the entrances to the various exhibition halls. The exhibition layout proved popular amongst exhibitors and visitors alike, with the halls organised mainly according to business communities and not – as is normally the case – just by the technologies on display. The aim was to make visiting the show easier for professional buyers who are keen to minimise the time they spend at trade fairs. While this show had everything to do with packaging, over resent years milling has carved out a central part for itself, rivalling in my view other European and international milling events. With more space and an attractive atmosphere this is certainly an event for millers of the future, with companies having the space to display essential items and offer attractive meeting areas and refreshment. 110 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain

Industry events The number of very large exhibition stands, some of the largest at any show serving the milling and packaging sectors, and the wide corridors made this a most relaxed and engaging venue. Roller mills were in evidence along with other critical components of the flour milling process including packaging systems. In fact, building up the fully operating equipment on display had taken some companies a full two weeks to complete. It was clear that this show needed the full four days allocated for the visitor to make the connections, view the exhibits and strike the deals he wanted.

Combining events - A multiplier

Opened by Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Sala, the Mayor of Milan, the show attracted 150,110 attendees, including 105,770 buyers from various sectors within the manufacturing industry. ‘The Innovation Alliance’ combined five events simultaneously for the first time: PLAST, the event of reference for the plastic and rubber industry; IPACKIMA, the leading event for processing and packaging technologies; MEAT-TECH, the event specialised in meat processing and packaging; Print4All, the new format dedicated to the commercial and industrial printing industry; INTRALOGISTICA ITALIA, the event that combines innovative solutions and integrated systems for industrial handling, warehouse management, material storage and picking operations. The format, designed and implemented by a collaboration between Fiera Milano, the organisers and category associations, sends a strong message Yemmak imaj ilanı (Global Experience)-baskı Milling & Grain EN.pdf




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Industry events to both the Italian and international production industries that combining events in a supply chain not only works, but acts as a multiplier of opportunities, thereby promoting the competitiveness of companies in an increasingly global market. “We are very pleased to open one of the best editions in the history of Ipack-Ima,” says Riccardo Cavanna, the chairman of Ipack-Ima Srl. He added the event “was packed with new technologies and innovative produced presented by over 1500 exhibitors. We believe in membership of the ‘Innovation Alliance’ right from the start, supporting all its activities, especially the international ones. “We are pleased to provide the very many domestic and international visitors with a synergistic offer of five fairs, confident that they will be able to find innovations and stimuli for their production plants.” International visitors accounted for 27 present of event’s attendees, with the majority hailing from Europe, a major buyer of the technologies on display - one out of every two foreign visitors - as well as from Asia, with visitor numbers from several countries giving those from some of Europe’s leading markets (Germany and France) a run for their money. There was also a significant number of visitors from Eastern Europe, which if we also consider the Russian Federation, accounted for 25 percent of foreign attendees. Alongside the international visitors, 1000 top buyers from 66 countries, selected in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency Agenzia ICE, also attended the event. Many of these professional operators with decision-making power seized the opportunity to purchase technologies directly at the trade show, added Mr Cavanna. On average, Italian companies export 70 percent of the machines they manufacture, with the latter being purchased by well-established markets such as the USA, Germany and Spain, as well as developing African nations. Not only has this event, which primarily puts the Italian mechanical industry alongside world leaders in their respected fields, grown organically but Ipack-Ima is also showcasing some of the largest milling and packaging companies offering their latest innovations at this show and Milling and Grain will highlight many of the products in up-coming editions.

Industry 4.0 Vision

The turnover generated by sales of Italian food processing and packaging machinery amounts to EU€10.8 billion, 5.9 percent up on the previous year (2017 figures sourced: Ipack-Ima based on Anima and UCIMA data). With 1503 exhibitors at Ipack-IMA extending across nine halls, and which represents a 9.3 percent increase over the previous show, included 37 percent foreign companies from 45 different countries (an increase of 17%) and a net exhibition space of 62,300sqm (an increase of 11%) made this edition the largest in the event’s history. Milling and Grain - July 2018 | 113

Industry events Delegations come from a total of 45 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America, as well as the United States, China and India. The largest delegation consists Indian buyers led by a senior official from the Indian Ministry of Food Processing with the aim of giving Indian buyers an overview of the latest technological innovations capable of driving the country’s industrial growth. Professional visitors had the opportunity to discover highly innovative and increasingly interconnected machinery and technologies developed as part of an ‘Industry 4.0 Vision’ with a focus on energy savings and efficiency, and packaging solutions with with original design concepts that combined practicality with eco-sustainability and cost effectiveness.

Innovative layout

One of the most distinctive new features was the exhibition layout consisting of halls divided up according to the target markets and not just the type of technology on display, as is normally the case in trade fairs in the sector. The aim was to facilitate the attendance of professional buyers keen to optimise the time they spend at trade fairs and to provide them with a wealth of targeted content. With this is mind, the visitor experience was further enhanced by the colour scheme chosen for the exhibition sections. Each business community was identified by a specific colour, guiding visitors from the exhibition centre entrances through the halls by means of signs, infographics and coordinated exhibits. The Italian and international suppliers of technologies, materials and accessories for the pasta, bakery, milling and confectionary industries were hosted in Halls One and Three. In the adjacent halls (Five and Seven), visitors could discover the latest new products for food processing and packaging, with particular emphasis on fresh and convenience food. The showcase offerings included machinery, equipment and devices for a range of different product sectors. Technologies, auxiliary equipment and ingredients for meat processing were also on display at MeatTech, the pre-eminent exhibition for the sector hosted in Hall Two. The range of exhibits was rounded off by numerous automation and robotic solutions showcased in the various halls by industry-leading companies capable of acting as digital partners in the transition towards the ‘Smart Factory’, a concept in which all elements in the line are inter-connected so as to optimise and control every step in the production process.

The conferences and side events

Alongside the wide range of exhibits, the show also had a programme of events and meetings. Key topics included: The circular economy, sustainability, increasingly ergonomic and distinctive product design, anti-counterfeiting and food safety. There was also a focus on digitisation and issues relating to e-commerce. Of note, Ipack-Ima hosted an international 114 | July 2018 - Milling and Grain






Industry events

conference discussing ways of fighting food waste in the context of the ‘Save Food Project’ organised by the FAO and Messe Düsseldorf. Another key event was the second Packaging and E-commerce Forum organised by Ipack-Ima and the Italian Electronic Commerce Consortium Netcomm to present the results of the Netcomm and Ipack-Ima Monitor. Further initiatives explored the ways in which packaging and processing technology meets manufacturers’ expectations, discussed new standards and brought together ideas and experiences in order to offer a comprehensive overview of the sector. Visitors from the various food and nonfood sectors found a showcase of Italian and international technological brought together at a single venue in keeping with a supply chain-orientated vision. The project extended across 17 exhibition halls, almost the entire Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre. The transversal nature of ‘The Innovation Alliance’ also inspired the opening event, which was common to all five exhibitions. It saw the participation of the institutions (management of Fiera Milano and representatives of local authorities, economic associations and the Italian employers’ federation Confindustria), but above all it promoted an open discussion between entrepreneurs on the changes to industrial activities brought out about by the new Industry 4.0 model. The title “Driving the Change” is based on the assumption that the competitiveness and future of companies will depend on their ability to adapt to the new paradigms of production, business and communication.

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the interview

Mirko Filip, Managing Director, Filip GmbH

Mirko Filip is the fourth generation of Filip’s to run his namesake company Filip GmbH alongside his sister Tatjana Filip. Starting in the role in June 2017, Mirko has said that alongside the company’s family motto “To always deliver the best of the best” he also strongly supports the mantra “Marketing is good – but real testing under real conditions in the mill is better!” How does it feel being the fourth generation of your family to run this company with your sister?

Managing our fourth-generation family business is a great honour and equally an exciting challenge for me and for my sister Tatjana, with whom I run the company together. Since its founding in 1919, FILIP has specialised in the development, production and distribution of cleaning equipment for the milling industry. So, we are not a newcomer, but a proven specialist in the area of sieve cleaning - and that for almost 100 years. That is a very motivating incentive.

at every stage of the production process. And as our customers also attach great importance to safety, this product feature is extremely important to them.

You have said that the company’s motto is “To always deliver the best of the best.” How do you continue to fulfil this promise?

That’s right: that was the motto of our great-grandfather back in 1919 when he founded the company, and it’s exactly this philosophy that keeps us managing the business. Before our products leave our warehouse, they go through a series of strict quality controls.

Is being a family business and located in Germany important to you and the businesses identity?

We attach great importance to the perfect processing of our products, because we know that a high yield in the mills can only take place if an excellent sieve cleaning prevails. Inferior cleaners often lead to sticky sieves and reduce the product yield in the mills.

These are precisely the values that the traditional brand FILIP stands for. Our customers have always been able to rely on our products and our service.

In addition, poor-quality cleaners often need to be replaced, resulting in unnecessary time and expense. However, Filip cleaners have a long service life and excellent sieve cleaning due to their shape, weight, material composition and processing - including the hard to reach corners of the sieve frame.

Yes, indeed it is. As I have already noted elsewhere: with the attribute “Made in Germany”, many of our customers associate safety, reliability, tradition and the highest quality.

Would you say that you’ve been training for this your whole life, did you train in the industry much before taking on the position of Managing Director?

Prior to managing the business with my sister, I was responsible for marketing, business development and product development in various external companies, leading large teams. The experience that I was able to gather there helps me enormously today to conduct business in a sustainable and growth-oriented manner. So, my previous experience was - if you will - a perfect preparation for my current role as Managing Director in our family business.

What do you hope to see in terms of progression for the company over the coming year?

International and sustainable growth. We have extremely sophisticated products that have proven themselves in the mills worldwide and over many years. Among other things, it is about developing new territories and establishing our products in the markets where we are currently underrepresented. That’s exactly what we’re working on very hard at the moment. We currently supply many potential new customers with samples and have them tested in daily mill operation.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge facing the industry in the next five years and what will you and Filip be doing to aid these challenges? Not only in Germany, we note a strong consolidation within the mill industry: small mills are disappearing more and more from the market and replaced by large, often internationally active mill groups. We assume that this development will continue. Here it is important to be excellently networked and win the purchase of the mill groups with strong arguments for our products.

You’ve recently installed a new warehouse; do you have any other big projects your working on for the year?

Correct. We have recently built a new warehouse and are now located on a 2,000 square metre plot in Gütersloh, Germany. After the big project “new building and relocation” the topics marketing, distribution and product development are now on our roadmap: we are currently refreshing our logo, our claim, our website and all sales documents.

Marketing is good – but real testing under real conditions in the mill is better! Thus, the miller himself can get an idea of our products and be convinced of our very high quality. The feedback we receive is enormous, so we are sure we are on a very good path here.

We are also currently acquiring new sales representatives around the world to significantly expand our geographic catchment area. The Internet is a great help to us. Here too, we are expanding our visibility and investing heavily in online marketing. In essence, 2018 will be about international brand building, which will be the basis for new growth.

In this connection: You are proud of your products commitment to being safe and complying with regulations – why should this be something other companies in the industry should strive to achieve?

Regarding product development: we are in close contact with our customers and regularly receive feedback. In the course of this, we also inquire about the wishes of our customers and ask about new requirements for our products. In this context, we will go very soon with exciting news in the market. Give us a little more time.

In the mill, FILIP products come into direct contact with the product to be sifted – thus with foodstuffs. For this reason, we pay great attention to ensuring the raw materials we use are food-safe. With our products we fulfill the corresponding FDA requirements and EU regulations. As the end user usually attaches great importance to food safety and reliability as well, this point should be considered

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What would you consider your favourite product and why?

Our Double-Cleaner with tongue for the generation plansifter sieves without back wire. This type of machine has become established worldwide and more and more mills process their products in this way. Our corresponding cleaner is one of our bestsellers and receives worldwide highest recognition.

PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES Dr Frank Looff joins Diamond V Europe


r Frank Looff has joined the company’s Europe team as Technical Sales Support Manager.

Dr Looff was raised on a dairy farm in northern Germany. He earned a business degree and worked five years in finance accounting before returning to university at the University of Kiel in Germany, where he earned his BSc, MSc, and PhD in agricultural sciences and animal production.

Dr Frank Looff

Prior to joining Diamond V, he worked as a ruminant nutritionist for Pioneer, developing the company’s differentiation strategy in both the German and French markets as well as providing technical and commercial support for the company’s 80-plus regional sales staff in Germany.

Perry of Oakley recruit Senior Industrial Sales Manager

B Bob Tatlow

ob Tatlow has joined Perry of Oakley Ltd as their Senior Industrial Sales Manager.

He has over 35 years of experience in providing turn-key solutions for the grain, pharmaceutical, aggregate, food, waste, minerals and many other industries. Bob likes to work on a one to one basis with his clients, seeing projects through from start to finish and helping to ensure they get the maximum efficiency & profitability out of their plant.

With the large amount of experience he has gained over the years there are few projects that he hasn’t come across before!

Executive Director – IFEEDER


obert Cooper has been announced as the Executive Director for The Institute for Feed Education and Research.

He will provide leadership for IFEEDER in crafting and implementing the overall strategic direction for the institute. He will develop and manage fundraising and donor stewardship programs and maintain relationships with current and future donors.

Robert Cooper

Mr Cooper came from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where he served as assistant to the dean for external relations. In this position, he fundraised for the department, coordinated alumni relations and special events, and assisted in legislative and advocacy campaigns.

IGP Institute names interim associate director

S Shawn Thiele

hawn Thiele has been announced by the IGP Institute as the interim associate director.

Mr Thiele assumes the day-to-day administrative duties along with continuing to lead the flour milling and grain processing curriculum.

In this joint role, he oversees the creation and presentation of workshops, on-site courses, distance education courses and other technical outreach programs to enhance the market promotion, consumption and utilisation of US cereal grains, oilseeds and their value-added products for the global grain and feed industry.

Brock Grain Systems appoint Vice President and General Manager

Don Sjolin


on Sjolin has been named Vice President and General Manager of Brock Grain Systems.

In his new role, Sjolin will be responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for Brock Grain Systems through the oversight of sales, manufacturing and the company’s extensive worldwide network of independent dealers and distributors.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree earned from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.

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